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Nativ College Leadership Program In Israel Opens Inclusion Track

The Nativ College Leadership Program is launching a new track on Nativ called “Yozma.” Yozma will be an inclusion track for college-bound Jewish young adults, aged 18-21, with mild cognitive and social challenges. 

Yozma

McCain's Cloudy Judgment

John McCain, the man who keeps telling us Sarah Palin is qualified to be President, has been going around saying US-Israel relations have never been worse than under Obama. Is he right or is he saying this because he seems to reflexively oppose the President on just about everything?

Israel Advocacy Calls For Embracing Complexity

02/19/2015

People like to say that living in New York transforms us into creatures who are cut from the toughest cloth, but I have Israel to thank for my most fortifying experiences. I’ve lived and worked there during a time of war, have felt and seen rockets explode overhead, have hiked through miles of hidden villages and have gotten thoroughly lost in the crevices of her old cities. The most transformative night I’ve had in the country, however, happened not at the Kotel or Masada, but on a still December evening in an unassuming village near Dimona.

Bibi-Boehner Gambit Angers Black Caucus

Benjamin Netanyahu's secret deal with Republican leaders to address Congress next month to lobby against the policies of President Barack Obama has stirred up anger in the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and could threaten their support for Israel.

Many African-American lawmakers see the controversy in "purely racial terms," said a pro-Israel source close to the CBC.

Netanyahu, in their view, has made an alliance with the Republican leadership to defy and humiliate their president.

In Israel: Taking Inclusion To A Larger Level

On a recent visit to a Pikud HaOref, Home Front Command base in Ramle, 14 miles southeast of Tel Aviv, a soldier tells me a very animated story about his role in Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s military operation in Gaza: “My job was to copy the papers for our soldiers to drop from planes over Gaza this summer!” The soldier, in uniform with his bright orange beret on his shoulder, happens to have Down Syndrome. 

He is very excited about his job in the base print shop. Another soldier with a visible disability proudly recounts the visit to the base the previous day by IDF Chief of Staff, Benny Ganz.  “We saluted him and gave him a present — olive oil that we made on the base!” 

Twenty five other soldiers with disabilities perform similarly important jobs each day on the base. If Tiran Attia and other visionaries have their way, Tzahal, or the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), may become a “game changer” in Israel for inclusion and for shaping attitudes about people with disabilities.

IDF Soldiers. Courtesy of Howard Blas

Who Anointed Bibi?

Benjamin Netanyahu said he is coming to Washington next month, as he went to the memorial services in Paris, "as a representative of the entire Jewish people." 

Who anointed him?

I don't recall any election for leader of the Jewish people.  He doesn't speak for me or millions of other American Jews. I don't recall voting for him or for anyone leader of the Jews.

Did Bibi Outsmart Himself?

The unprecedented ploy by Benjamin Netanyahu (R-Jerusalem) and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to go behind the back of the President of the United States to lobby the Congress against the administration's Iran policy could well cause more harm to Israel than anyone else, threatening serious damage to the bipartisan consensus so many have worked so hard for so long to establish.

A Way Out For Bibi?

01/28/2015
Editorial

It’s clear that by agreeing to House Speaker John Boehner’s offer to address a joint session of Congress on March 3, a precedent-breaking move in defiance of the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has made a calculated risk.

Amid Threats, Jewish Blogger Returns

Did Brandeis student Daniel Mael’s right-wing, pro-Israel politics play a role in backlash against him?

01/21/2015
Staff Writer

When Daniel Mael, a 22-year-old Brandeis senior, returned to campus for his final semester last week, he was advised by university police not to walk anywhere alone.

Daniel Mael defends his right to free speech. Courtesy of Daniel Mael

Winter Dumps On Israel

01/13/2015
Staff Writer

An early winter cold snap that struck much of the Middle East last week left most of Israel shivering. The snow across the length and breadth of the Jewish state closed schools and major roads, knocked down power lines, and sent Israelis scurrying for electric heaters and rarely needed cold weather clothing.

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