Op-eds & Articles


General Inclusion

Education and Children

Israel

Holidays

RespectAbilityUSA in the News

General Inclusion

  • Building a Welcoming, Respectful and Diverse Community for All

  • “Needed: A National Strategy for Including Jews With Special Needs” (Jewish Week, 7/11/12)
    • The importance of including people with disabilities in Jewish society
  • “Ruderman Family Foundation is funding the new Chalutzim” (Times of Israel, 12/11/13)
    • Training on including Jews with disabilities for American-Jewish leaders. Supported by the Ruderman Family Foundation
  • “The List: Biggest Inclusion Plays and Players of 2013” (Jewish Week, 01/02/2014)
    • A list of accomplishments on the inclusion of Jews with disabilities in 2013
  • “KC killing was an attack on us all” (4/15/14)
    • Reaction towards the hate crime at the Jewish Community Center in Kansas City
  • “Success Story: Man with a Disability to Give Thousands to Charity” (Jewish Week, 5/14/14)
    • Article about philanthropist Jonah Selber, who has received services from JCHAI
  • “Embracing Those with Disabilities” (eJewish Philanthropy, 11/18/13)
    • Jewish leaders increasingly see the importance of welcoming Jews with disabilities
  • “Union for Reform Judaism and Ruderman Family Foundation Launch New Inclusion Initiative:
    URJ congregations to receive Ruderman Congregation of Merit certification based on accessibility” (Union for Reform Judaism, 12/13/13)
    • Written announcement of the Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Initiative
  • “The Faces of Tomorrow” (eJewish Philanthropy, 2/2/15)
    • The importance of including Jews with disabilities in Jewish society, which requires a huge change from the norm

    Education and Children

  • “Serving Jewish Children with Disabilities and their Families” (Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 12/10/14)
    • Recommendations for how to be inclusive to Jews with disabilities
  • “Enabling Jewish Children with Special Needs to Get a Jewish Education and Connection” (EdJewTopia, 6/12)
    • Viewpoint as to why educators should strive to create settings that are open to students of all abilities
  • “Q&A: Camps Merge to Serve More Children, Together” (Jewish Week, 1/6/14)
    • Interview with Len Robinson, the CEO of NJY Camps, about integrating Round Lake campers with campers without disabilities

    Israel

    • The importance of including Jews with disabilities, and an explanation of our goals towards this endeavor
  • “Israeli playground, ‘Sesame Street’ help include kids with disabilities” (Washington Jewish Week, 7/31/13)
    • Sesame Street in Israel modeling positive inclusion by introducing a character with disabilities
  • “Can You Tell Me How To Get To An Inclusive Playground? (They’re In Israel)” (Jewish Week, 7/31/13)
    • Jean Judes, executive director of Beit Issie Shapiro, spoke to the UN Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities about the new Sesame Street character with disabilities
  • “Nalaga’at Theater at the Kennedy Center” (3/26/14)
    • Israel’s Nalaga’at Theater Deaf-Blind Acting Ensemble, RespectAbilityUSA, and the White House’s Claudia Gordon at the Kennedy Center
  • “Red Alerts and People with Disabilities” (Jewish Journal, 7/11/14)
    • Organizations in Israel provide resources for Israelis with disabilities who need to deal with bomb threats
  • “12 Israeli Technologies Changing the Lives of the Disabled in 2015” (Forbes, 1/20/15)
    • Israeli technological breakthroughs for people with disabilities

    Holidays

    • “The 10 Commandments of Politics for People with Disabilities” (Jewish Week, 3/21/13)
      • How to make a difference on issues you care about, with a “Passover spin”
    • “Stop by the vice president’s sukkah: VP Joe Biden invites children with disabilities to decorate a Chabad-built sukkah at his DC residence” (Times of Israel, 9/24/13)
      • Vice President Biden and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden welcomed DC children with disabilities to decorate a sukkah at Number One Observatory Circle

      RespectAbilityUSA in the News

      • Slingshot includes RespectAbility in A Resource Guide to Jewish Innovation ’14-‘15

    • “RespectAbility Celebrates 1st Anniversary of Jewish Inclusion Work for Jews with Disabilities!!!!!!”(7/9/14)
      • Overview of what we accomplished in our first year, as well as plans for the future
    • “Jewish Activists Unite for RespectAbility: The D.C.-based non-profit organization empowers people with disabilities” (Tablet, 8/5/13)
      • Article about the launch of RespectAbility, with a focus on Jennifer Laszlo-Mizrahi and Donn Weinberg