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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
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
Rubins vase as described in this article

Our realities are, to a degree, relative.

Chris Harrison

Every holiday should be inclusive, but some lend themselves more naturally toward being inclusive than others. Sukkot is one of those.

Lisa Friedman

URJ Crane Lake Camp, a Reform Jewish summer camp in Stockbridge, MA, recently released this beautiful video about what it means to be a Reform Jew, both at summer camp and beyond. In sharing the video, Crane Lake posted, “We are all different and unique and yet so similar. Being Jewish isn’t about what you look like or where you come from. It’s about how it makes you feel.”

Kate Bigam

“I have a son with special needs. I would love to feel like there might be a place for him at Camp Harlam.” The words stood out to me on the page as if they were wrapped in neon lights.

Lori Zlotoff
Child's finger following along with the Four Questions in a haggadah

The two stars of Passover most commonly are the seder and matzah. Like many Jewish holidays, they commemorate our deliverance from danger: the Egyptians tried to kill us, we escaped, let’s attend a seder and eat matzah – for eight days. But in my opinion, the unsung hero of the Passover experience is the haggadah, the seder guide that tells the story of the Exodus.

I recently came across this quote at haggadot.com: “We’re all so unique. How do we bring our full personalities to the table? Wouldn’t it be great if we could embrace tradition and start a conversation that reflects our interesting, hilarious, modern, multi-cultural thought-provoking lives?”

April Baskin

Many of us have had those moments – of sitting with others in synagogue or during a private moment – when prayer seems flat. The words don’t seem to reach us where we are at that time or place; they can’t lift us beyond our everyday worries and concerns. When I’m sitting in synagogue with my son, Akiva, I’m usually focused on his concerns.

Beth Steinberg

The Jewish stutterers of the world love Moses, but Moses does not belong just to us. You can have him, too, for he has so much to teach us.

Larry Glickman

With Hanukkah on the way, it's easy to hold a party where all guests – disabled and not – feel welcomed, respected and have fun.

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi and Alie Kriofske Mainella (JTA)

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