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Inclusion During Simchat Torah: By Nicole Olarsch and Matan Koch

By Nicole Olarsch / 2021-09-24
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An assortment of toys and noisemakers for Simchat Torah. Text: Inclusion During Simchat TorahSimchat Torah (which translates to Rejoicing with the Torah in English) is a Jewish holiday

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How Sukkot Taught Me That It Is Never Too Late for Inclusion

By Nicole Olarsch / 2021-09-17
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Nicole Olarsch

I had not been familiar with Sukkot growing up, as my family did not celebrate and we

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The Inclusion Imperative That I Find In Sukkot

By Joshua Steinberg / 2021-09-17
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Joshua Steinberg

Some of the fondest memories I have of Judaism growing up are going to the synagogue

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JDP for September 10, 2021

By Matan Koch / 2021-09-10
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I hope that everyone had a lovely Rosh Hashanah, and especially that you were able to find the access that you needed. In fact, if you had an access experience, positive or negative, RespectAbility would love to hear about it. Send your accounts to JoshuaS@RespectAbility.org. For those still looking

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Reflections on Not Fasting for Yom Kippur

By Nicole Olarsch / 2021-09-10
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Nicole Olarsch

As we approach Yom Kippur, I’ve been reflecting on the fact that I have never been able

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Reflections on Mental Health for Yom Kippur

By Nicole Olarsch / 2021-09-10
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Nicole Olarsch

Every year on Yom Kippur, the most solemn Jewish holiday, “sin” and “repentance” are the key words

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JDP for September 3, 2021

By Matan Koch / 2021-09-03
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Animation of a bee flying next to an apple and a honey jar. Text: Shana Tova U'Metukah 5782! Have a Happy and Healthy New Year RespectAbility!Shabbat shalom and

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Rosh Hashanah Reflections: by Nicole Olarsch

By Nicole Olarsch / 2021-09-03
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Illustration of a shofar, apple and honey jar. Text: Rosh Hashanah Reflections by Nicole OlarschRosh Hashanah marks a fresh start, and is supposed to be a joyous day! And

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All the Lonely People – Adults with Disabilities: by Michelle K. Wolf

By Guest Contributor / 2021-09-03
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Michelle K. Wolf

In my five years as Executive Director of JLA Trust & Services, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit

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An Inclusive Jewish Education: By David Sharif

By Guest Contributor / 2021-08-27
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David Sharif

Have you encountered an autistic student in your synagogue or religious school classroom? Have you wanted to interact with this

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