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Strengthening the Collective Us: Celebrating JDAIM

Strengthening the Collective Us: Celebrating JDAIM

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  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 on

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Between Us: Let’s talk about bringing light to the darkness

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When they were younger, my kids asked that I leave a light on in the hallway so they could “sleep better.” Darkness for children – and for many adults – can be unnerving — even scary. This week’s Torah portion – parashat Bo – continues the story of the plagues visited upon the Egyptians as Pharaoh

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Between Us: Let’s talk about who’s in charge

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This week’s Torah portion is Va’eira, the second parsha in the Book of Exodus, and contains the famous Ten Plagues. Last week, Pharaoh mocked Moses when he insisted that the Israelites be set free: “Who is the Lord that I should heed Him and let Israel go?” asked Pharaoh. “I do not know the Lord, nor will

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Between Us: Let’s talk about accepting our fate

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This week’s parasha is entitled, Va-yechi, “and Jacob lived.” But this last portion of the Book of Genesis is really about how Jacob died. He does so with dignity, preparation, humility and focus. One commentator notes that Jacob’s approach to death is exactly the opposite of Dylan Thomas’: “Do not go gentle into that good night, old

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Between Us: Let’s talk about being open to change

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Oh, the drama!  In this week’s parasha – Vayigash – Joseph is reunited with his brothers after many years apart.  He reveals himself after initially tricking them into believing that he wanted to hold Benjamin hostage while the brothers went to get their father Jacob. But Judah steps forward and offers himself instead. After excusing the

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Between Us: Let’s talk about…what’s in a name

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This week’s parasha, Miketz, contains Pharaoh’s famous dream of seven fat cows and seven lean cows, which Joseph interprets before he is subsequently appointed Egypt’s Prime Minister. Later in the parasha, we read: “Before the years of famine came, Joseph became the father of two sons…. [He] named the first-born Manasseh, meaning “God has made me forget

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Imagine Israel Podcast #2: In Israel, religious pluralism is like a pizza

Imagine Israel Podcast #2: In Israel, religious pluralism is like a pizza

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Chaya Gilboa, visionary activist on the issue of Israeli religious reform, shares her desire for social change in Israel. In a country where politics are religious and religion is political, Chaya strives to transform Israel’s religious judicial system by challenging the Rabbinate’s legal monopoly on religious life to create a pluralistic, egalitarian alternative. The compelling conversation

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Between Us: Let’s talk about….lighting the darkness

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This week’s Torah portion – Vayeshev – begins with a brief sentence: “Jacob dwelt in the land of his father’s sojournings, the land of Canaan.” Commentators note the intimation that Jacob was more settled than his father Isaac; implying that succeeding generations may feel more comfortable and settled in the land than did their ancestors. Tomorrow

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Between Us: Let’s talk about dealing with it

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In this week’s parasha, Vayishlach, the famous wrestling match between Jacob and the mysterious stranger is among the more curious portions of the Torah. As Jacob prepared to meet his estranged brother Esau for the first time in 20 years, Jacob thought he was alone after he sends his family to the other side of the

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Young Leadership Spotlight: Marisa Ezrine – our new YL Director

Young Leadership Spotlight: Marisa Ezrine – our new YL Director

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What are you most excited about in your new role as the Young Leadership Director? I am most excited about getting to know all of the wonderful members of the DC young adult community, including you! And would LOVE to grab coffee and learn more about you and find ways you can get involved in Young

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