Bibi To Meet Obama, Putin

The White House announced today that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet President Obama at the White House on November 9. they will discuss boosting military aid to Israel and then engage in a lot of empty talk about peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

But first Netanyahu is going to Moscow next week to tell President Vladimir Putin that Russia's increased military presence in Syria and attempts to shore up the Assad regime pose "security" threats to Israel.

Last Chance: Michal Nachmany’s Artistic Journey

Michal Nachmany turns found objects into art, layering memory, memorabilia, meaning and color in her original collages and works on paper.  The work reflects her journey from Israel to America, and also, as is timely for the beginning of the New Year, a journey within. 

Michal Nachmany outside of La Boite, New York City.

iPad Apps To Help Prepare For The High Holidays

Happy New Year! Many children and adults with disabilities use iPad technology for learning, play and communication. The iPad is also a wonderful tool to help people of all abilities prepare for and participate in the High Holidays. For example, an iPad can be used in the following ways:

1. Drawing and photo apps can be used to create personalized new year cards to share or print.

2. Interactive greetings can created on an app like TinyTap and shared with those who have the app, or screenshots can be printed and sent.

For Rosh Hashanah: Tuning Our Ears To All The Angels

My company Actionplay is an inclusive group that relies on ensemble-based performance to build social communities that rise above the feeling of being excluded. We embody the notion that in difference there is great strength. The meaningful and supportive relationships that are formed in our rehearsal room are essential for those of us who don’t quite fit the norm.

Actionplay performers. Courtesy of Aaron Feinstein

10 Reasons I'm Voting For Trump

1.     Ideology.  He's not a rigid ideologue like most of the other Republicans.  He believes in The Donald and that says it all.

2.     Flexibility.  He has been on all sides of many issues and knows that consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.

3.     Family values.  He knows the meaning of marriage and fidelity.  Just ask any of his three wives.

Presidential Candidate, Donald Trump. Getty Images

Remembering Oliver Sacks

One thing I’ll never forget about my 1997 interview with Oliver Sacks was that, after trying for weeks to get to see him, I neglected to turn on the tape recorder. When I left his Greenwich Village apartment and tried to play back the tape, I realized it was blank. And his voice was so soft-spoken and gripping that I barely took notes. I felt like a character out of one of his studies: The Reporter Who Mistook Her Finger for a Microphone.

Oliver Sacks. Photo by Elena Seibert

An Old Vitality, Renewed

It was doubly fitting that Asa Zuskin Perelman, visiting from her home in Israel, spoke earlier this month at the Center for Jewish History. Her talk, co-sponsored by YIVO, was on her father, the famed Russian-Jewish actor Benjamin Zuskin, and the book she has written about his life and art, “The Travels of Benjamin Zuskin" (Syracuse University Press).

Asa Zuskin Perelman at the Center for Jewish History

Bibi Exiles Rival To UN

Picking Danny Danon to be Israel's new ambassador to the United Nations, Prime Minister Netanyahu sent a bitter political rival into exile though in the process he may have both chosen a future successor and added yet another layer to Israel's international isolation.

Cantor To Help Bush Raise Jewish Money

Eric Cantor, the former GOP House majority leader and highest ranking Jew in Congressional history, will endorse Jeb Bush, Politico reports.

He will be named a Virginia state co-chair of Bush's presidential campaign, and is expected to play a key role in raising Jewish money.

August Is The Hardest Month: Disability And Parental Loneliness

Today? I want what I can’t have.

I want Akiva to sleep late. Really late. So late, that I have to march into his room, check that he’s alive, and wake him up because hey, it’s 1 PM, and I’m your mother.

I want Akiva to brush his teeth, handle bathroom details, and get dressed. By himself. Without scratching me if I hit the wrong sensory buttons.

I want Akiva to pour his own juice and get his own breakfast, while I lie indolently in bed and answer questions from my room, as one might do with their young adult children.

Akiva and his brother. Courtesy of Beth Steinberg
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