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Webinar This Weekend: Inclusive Camping Tips From Ramah

While there is still snow on the ground in parts of the northeast and most people are ready to transition from winter to spring, camp professionals think about summer all year long! We hire staff, recruit campers, host reunions, plan programs and participate in professional development. It is so important to share experiences with other camp professionals and to learn from them.

At Ramah, the camping arm of Conservative Judaism, we are excited to share our experiences in inclusive camping with colleagues from throughout the Jewish camping world.

That's one reason why the National Ramah Tikvah Network is looking forward to hosting an in-person seminar (which will also be presented as a webinar) entitled, “How Inclusive Camping Benefits Typical Campers, Campers with Disabilities, and Camp’s Bottom Line.

Schock As In Schlock

What does Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Downton Abbey) have in common with such diverse characters as Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon, former House colleague Michael Grimm, former Israeli President Moshe Katsav and former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert? 

The 33-year-old Illinois Republican, who resigned from Congress today effective the end of the month, is the latest victim of self-inflicted wounds.

“The Picasso Of Graphic Design”

For a primer in the origins of modern advertising design, head uptown to the Museum of the City of New York for “Everything is Design: The Work of Paul Rand.”

IBM pavilion at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Courtesy Museum of the City of New York

8 Easy Tips To Help Your Child Know What To Expect During Passover

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. 

Bibi Abandons 2-State Solution

As the election got closer and tighter Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu moved farther and farther away from his 2009 commitment to the two-state solution.

In the years since that speech at Bar Ilan University, his position has gone from "yes, but' to "hell, no" with a few stops in between.

Into The Homestretch

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.

A Saga Of The Soleymans

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.

Gina Nahai's new novel, from Akashic Books

Bibi's Scare Tactics

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.

A Purim Carnival For All

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.

Celebrating Purim! Courtesy of Gateways

'Israel Wants Change'

As many as 35,000 Israelis turned out for a rally in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square Saturday night for an anti-Bibi rally themed "Israel Wants Change."

Meir Dagan, the former Mossad chief, said all Israelis agree on the need to keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon "but going to war with the U.S. is not the way to stop it." 

He had earlier said Netanyahu's speech to the Congress on March 3 was "bullshit."

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