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The Counting of My Seizures: A Carousel to the Promised Land

By Erika Abbott / 2022-05-13
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At 19 months old, I was put on a medication called phenobarbital, which was “older than Moses.”

My first cognizant memory of being on medication is when my friends asked me, “what does it taste like?” “Cherry.” And so, my fate was sealed. I’d always be the first one

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It’s Time to Count Everyone In

By Shelly Christensen / 2022-05-13
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Counting the Omer is a reminder that, in addition to counting the days, we also must reflect on who is counted in our communities.

Everyone Counts.

Ask yourself: How do people with disabilities and mental health conditions and those who love them actually count in your community? I gave

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Who Am I?

By Riccardo Ricciardi / 2022-05-06
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Riccardo Ricciardi

The summer after my first year in college, I went to Switzerland to visit my relatives. When I got there,

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How Do We Make Space for God to Belong?

By Matan Koch / 2022-05-06
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Matan Koch headshotAs I was reading Shelly’s introductory note, I couldn’t help but reflect on the deep significance of building a house of worship that draws everyone

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“For My House Shall Be a House of Prayer for All Peoples”

By Shelly Christensen / 2022-05-06
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“For My House Shall Be a House of Prayer for All Peoples”
Isaiah 56:7

Many faith traditions highlight this text from the book of Isaiah as a longstanding declaration of welcome and inclusion. Perhaps your congregation or organization has a plaque near the main entrance to your building with

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Shelly Christensen Joins RespectAbility To Lead Faith Inclusion To New Heights

By Shelly Christensen / 2022-04-29
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Shelly Christensen

Hello Members of the RespectAbility Faith Inclusion Family,

When was the last time you started something new? Was it a

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Overcoming: by David Sharif

By Guest Contributor / 2022-04-22
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David Sharif wearing his cap and gown after graduatingThey viewed me in a cruel and envious way
I kept being myself

They said I brag about my success

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Substance Abuse in the Jewish Community

By Riccardo Ricciardi / 2022-04-22
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A wine glass half fullJews are among 40 million Americans struggling with substance addiction. Since 1999, 25 million are in recovery, and nearly 1 million died of an

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Counting the Omer: a Slow Evolution toward Self-Love

By Leah Ilana Craig / 2022-04-22
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Leah Ilana Craig

“You know, Ilana,” my friend Cat said to me in one of many long-distance conversations, “You’re so kind

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Resources for an Inclusive Passover

By Shelly Christensen / 2022-04-14
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A passover seder plate with food on it.On Sunday I was waiting to pick up my grandsons, Eli and Isaac, from Hebrew school at our synagogue. I listened

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