UJA-Federation Sharefest Focuses On Inclusion Of People With Disabilities

On Monday, October 19, 2015, UJA-Federation of New York hosted a day of learning for synagogue professionals and lay leaders to discuss, share and learn from experts and each other on how to make synagogues more open and welcoming to people with disabilities. The workshop was an opportunity to build skills and to learn about new innovative models to make synagogues more accessible and inclusive to all. The program included presentations from professionals from RespectAbility USA, The Jewish Inclusion Project, the URJ and Ramapo for Children, learning from a compelling self-advocate working in a synagogue community, as well as time for round-table discussions and brainstorming sessions with synagogue professionals leaders and topic experts.

'Understanding Difference' Countdown

We posted here earlier about an important upcoming event  -- it's "Understanding Difference," a public discussion about disability in the Jewish community.

Monday, October 28, 7:30 PM

A Turning Point For Disability Advocates?

One-day conference may mark the beginning of a new era in Jewish communal attitudes.
11/19/2012 - 19:00

Despite good intentions by the organized Jewish community and some model programs, for years it has largely fallen to the parents of children with mental illness, intellectual, physical, learning, social and other disabilities and differences to battle for "a place at the table" for their children in Jewish day schools, synagogues and summer camps.

Raining On The Parade

Time to consider new ways to attract more people to Israel’s cause.
06/04/2012 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

To be clear: I have been a big booster of the Celebrate Israel parade, personally and professionally, for many years, and once again felt a real sense of pride on Sunday afternoon watching the waves of youngsters carrying banners and singing Hebrew songs as they marched up Fifth Avenue.

Gary Rosenblatt

Organizations’ Plans For Succession Seen Lacking

New study arrives in the wake of sudden resignations of top execs from the Joint, HIAS.
05/21/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The resignations of the top executives at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society come just weeks before the release of a survey showing that an “overwhelming majority” of almost 450 Jewish executives have no succession plan prepared in the event of their departure.

When the JDC’s Steven Schwager resigned earlier this month, the organization took several days to name an interim replacement.
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