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This week’s parasha, Mishpatim, begins with ve’eleh hamishpatim (AND these are the rules). In last week’s Torah portion, the Children of Israel received The Ten Commandments, the first of the laws of the covenant between God and Israel. More of these laws are presented this week and are collectively known as “The Book of the Covenant.”Read more
This week’s parasha is Yitro, named after Moses’ father-in-law (one of only six Torah portions named after a central character). The portion contains powerful Cecil B. DeMille-like imagery, including thunder, lightning and the Ten Commandments. It also contains a less compelling – though equally important – lesson taught to Moses by Yitro, who helps MosesRead more
This article was originally published in The Forward. By Lisa Handelman, Federation’s Community Disability Inclusion Specialist Judaism values inclusion. Yet, according to a study conducted in 2013 by RespectAbilityUSA and JerusalemU, most American Jews with disabilities feel excluded from their own gathering places. National Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), created in 2009, wasRead more
This article was originally published in eJewish Philanthropy. By Lisa Handelman, Federation’s Community Disability Inclusion Specialist This February marks the 9th annual Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). This global campaign to advance disability inclusion is, at its core, a movement for cultural change. It is a paradigm shift from a focus onRead more
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Young adults ages 22-26 can sign up early for a 2017 Birthright Israel: DC Community trip – a free, 10-day trip with peers from the area. This year, participants can choose from TWO amazing trip options: The Ultimate Adventure with Israelis or Flavors of Israel, a brand new trip with a unique foodie twist. Ultimate Adventure With IsraelisLearn more
February is officially known as Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is proud to join together with Jewish organizations and communities around the world in this unified effort to raise awareness and champion the rights of people with disabilities. Together, we can foster a more inclusive Jewish communityLearn more