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Waiting For The End Of The World

Keep an eye out for future productions of Noémi Schlosser’s wry theater piece "Traktorfabrik."  I was lucky enough to catch a staged reading of part of it recently as part of the Emerging Artists Theatre’s New Works Series.

Poster for “Traktorfabrik.” Courtesy of Noemi Schlosser

In Defense Of Chris Christie

Judging by the reaction of the thought police you'd think Chris Christie stood before the Adelson acolytes in Sin City and did a full Sieg Heil.  The outrage was palpable, the room gasped.  When informed of his transgression, he practically fell to his knees to genuflect to King Sheldon in abject apology.

What was his sin?  He used the O word. Apparently the O word is now in the same category as the N word and the F word for some folks.

Let My People Stay

While the Jews prepare to celebrate Passover and recall Moses' demand of Pharaoh, immigration activists across the United States are planning demonstrations in Washington Saturday calling on President Obama to let their people stay.

They want the President to throttle back his deportation policy and stop splitting immigrants from their families and communities.  They expect him to do more than tell the Department of Homeland Security to review its deportation policies. 

Celebrating 1960s Global Minimalism In Style

To celebrate its new exhibit on global minimalist sculpture, “Other Primary Structures,”  The Jewish Museum opened its galleries and hosted a dance party for revelers last week.

Installation view of "Other Primary Structures" at The Jewish Museum, New York. David Heald/The Jewish Museum

My Experience: Autism And Judaism

Like all human beings my unique personal identity is composed of many facets. I am a woman. I am a mother. I am a daughter and a wife, a Democrat, a citizen of the United States, a writer and a former attorney. I am also an autistic Jew. I am proud to be all of the above. I like who I am. There are times, though, when much to my sadness, it is not easy to be both autistic and Jewish. While my religion places great value on empathy and inclusiveness, not all those who practice it do. While my people have risked their lives to stand in solidarity with others who have been disenfranchised, there have been times when we have neglected to stand in support of one another.

Oren Proposes Unilateral Withdrawal

Israeli government's reluctance to release the last 26 Palestinian prisoners in a four-installment deal to revive peace talks because it felt Mahmoud Abbas would leave the negotiations anyway appears to be justified.

Abbas even refused to meet with Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's offer to release the 26 terrorists along with several hundred other prisoners and impose a partial West Bank construction freeze in return for extending the present talks until early next year.

Returning Anew To Minimalist Sculpture

“Other Primary Structures” at The Jewish Museum can be seen as a nod to the institution’s past. The museum staged a major exhibit of minimalist sculpture called “Primary Structures: Younger American and British Sculptors” in 1966.

Installation view of "Other Primary Structures" at The Jewish Museum, New York. Courtesy of David Heald/The Jewish Museum

Ten Ways To Make Your Family Seder Accessible For All Learners (And Keep The Grown-ups Engaged, Too!)

Editor's Note: These wonderful suggestions take the reader through steps of the Passover seder.

Passover is an ideal holiday to explore multi-sensory ideas for reaching every type of learner at your seder through activities that engage particpiants not only through visual and auditory information, but also through touch, taste, and smell. Whether your goal is to keep everyone’s attention, or help individuals understand the story, or encourage participation from every guest, below are ten of our favorite ways to keep the seder interesting, active and fun!

Summer Camp For Budding Mark Zuckerbergs

This summer, the first cohort of young campers will attend a beautiful camp in Boulder to start their journey as entrepreneurs.

Brainstorm during the week; unplug on Shabbat. Courtesy of Camp Inc.

Autism Awareness Month: Sharing Many Voices

April begins Autism Awareness Month. Here at The New Normal, we promise to bring you a variety of voices speaking about the experience of living with autism, and how we as a Jewish community can best support people who have autism across the lifespan. That means creating inclusive early education centers, meaningful workplaces and housing communities and more. Our bloggers will be sharing perspectives about how our community can provide effective formal and informal education and also make our synagogues and other communal places more inclusive of people on the spectrum and their families.

World Autism Day
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