Passover is coming in just a few weeks! With changes to routines and food, children with special needs may need some extra support for these changes and be able to enjoy the holiday. Here are some easy tip to help your child get ready.
1. Use a calendar to count down the days until Passover.
2. Show your child pictures of friends and family that will be at your Seder. Discuss your relationship with each person. Suggest a possible topic your child can use to start a conversation with each person.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Sun, 03/15/2015 - 11:19
No Israeli politician has meddled in partisan American politics more than Bibi Netanyahu (R-West Jerusalem), much to the detriment of US-Israel relations and the support of Israel's primary support base in America.
Now that his latest and most disruptive foray has backfired on him, he is in full panic mode. His supporters are accusing the State Department of funding the opposition's campaign. He knows that's not true, but that's never been an impediment.
From its opening lines to the satisfying and surprising ending, "The Luminous Heart of Jonas S." (Akashic Books) by Gina B. Nahai kept me at the edge of my seat, impatient to meet the next fabulous character in this rollicking, often moving mystery/family saga.
As polls show him falling further behind in the final days before elections for the 20th Knesset, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's strategy is one of increasing desperation. His theme " if you can't convince em, scare em" was strikingly clear in an interview in Friday's Jerusalem Post.
I love being able to give families of students with special needs the opportunity to participate in Jewish milestones and traditions like any other family. This year was the 5th year that we hosted an accessible Purim carnival for our students. Each year, we build a carnival with accommodations and care so that our students will not feel overwhelmed and can participate in some way in all of the activities.
Remember when conservatives were strong supporters of state's rights? They still are, except when they aren't. On the issue of abortion, they want to take jurisdiction away from the federal government and give it to the states, where bans are easier to enact. Guns are another matter.
They want to take gun control authority away from the state and local governments, especially when it comes to carrying concealed weapons. That's the latest cause of the NRA and the gun lobby.
Prime Minister Netanyahu's trip to Washington this week was a big success for him personally as members of Congress on both sides of the aisle gave him an enthusiastic reception, and he went home with good footage for his campaign commercials.
He didn't produce any of the new information about Iran and its nuclear ambitions he had promised, and he didn't appear to have changed any minds, but the appearance gave him a slight boost in the polls back home, though not enough to take the lead. It remains to be seen whether that is temporary or a trend.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 00:35
Isaac Herzog, the opposition leader and the Zionist Union candidate for prime minister, is hoping there is some significance to the fact the Israeli election will be held on March 17, St. Patrick's Day.
His father, Chaim Herzog, the sixth president of Israel, was born in Northern Ireland. And his grandfather and namesake, Rabbi Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog, was the chief rabbi of Belfast, Northern Ireland, from 1916 to 1919, when he moved to Dublin and became the chief rabbi of Dublin and then all Ireland until 1936. He was known as "the Sinn Fein rabbi."