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Hand holding a yellow suicide awareness and prevention ribbon against a wooden table background

In April 2015, when I was 15 years old, I learned that my grandfather had taken his own life after fighting with anxiety and depression for many years.

Leora Greene
Man scribbling the words Americans with Disabilities Act onto glass

I am a lawyer. I graduated Harvard law school and have practiced law for major corporations and large law firms.

Matan Koch
The author on her scooter carrying a Torah scroll

At a very young age, I absorbed the message that illness and disability were things to be ashamed of, and so I hid my troubles in shame. In short, I cheated myself.

Rabbi Ruth Adar
Disembodied arm with fist held high in the air

Rabbi Edythe Held Mencher helps us understand why the language of disability is such a powerful determinant of social attitudes, from prejudice to pride.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Closeup of piano keys

On the night of January 21, 2005, a drunk driver paralyzed me. I was 21 and just starting my music career.

Dave Schlossberg
Jeff Erlanger in his electric wheelchair reading Torah from the pulpit

In building the ramp, we felt we had been true to the Talmudic maxim Kol Yisrael Areivim Zeh Bazeh, “All Jews are responsible for one another."

Rabbi Kenneth Roseman
The author and her husband at a breast cancer event

I believe all people are chosen to make a difference in this world, and in that spirit, I am sharing my story as it relates to breast cancer.

Sheri Denkensohn-Trott
Mr. Rogers helping Jeff Erlanger with breakfast of scrambled eggs

Learn why Jeff Erlanger’s 1981 visit to “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” in his electric-powered wheelchair was Fred Rogers’ “most treasured time on the set.”

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Rubins vase as described in this article

Our realities are, to a degree, relative.

Chris Harrison
People protesting at the US Capitol holding signs that says EVERYBODYS GOT A RIGHT TO LIVE

We cannot pretend that these enormous gains for the few are not creating massive suffering and dangerous resentment among the many. 

Rabbi Kenneth Chasen

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