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Aug282016
Israeli, Jewish players make waves in tournament before the main event
August 28, 2016

Dudi Sela, the only Israeli player in the main draw, was practicing at the US Open on Friday with hitting partner, American Sam Querrey, ranked No. 32 in the world. When the US Open draw ceremony took place Friday morning at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New… Read more...

Aug112016
Ramah Rockies Pilots Vocational Training for Tikvah Program Graduate
August 11, 2016

Max Newman was a beloved participant in the Tikvah Program for four summers. When Max approached age 18 and it was time to graduate Tikvah, director Rabbi Eliav Bock and Tikvah Program founder and Director, Elyssa Hammerman, decided to think creatively. They created a vocational training program… Read more...

Aug102016
What World Team Tennis Can Teach Our Synagogues
August 10, 2016

It is rare that two of my favorite topics – tennis and Judaism – have much to teach each other. A few nights ago, as I watched the New York Empire battle the Washington Kastle on Opening Night of the World Team Tennis season at the legendary West Side Tennis club in Forest Hills, New York, I… Read more...

Jul162016
My visit to Ramah Wisconsin
July 16, 2016

One of the most wonderful parts of my work is the chance to visit special needs programs at several of our Ramah camps. Last week I arrived at Rhinelander airport to rain and fog and was greeted by the warm smile of longtime friend and colleague, Ralph Schwartz, the Director of Special Needs… Read more...

Jun162016
Tidbits on Trends
June 16, 2016

In a special new Sight Line feature, we look at four growing trends in the early childhood arena. Multi-generational Learning The average age is 92 at Mount St. Vincent, a retirement home in Seattle, yet the atmosphere is alive and vibrant. That’s because Mount. St. Vincent shares its building… Read more...

Jun12016
5 Tips For Making Playdates Fun For All Children
June 1, 2016

Kids today have more exposure and familiarity with all sorts of differences than their parents did. Not too long ago, it was the norm for children with any kind of special needs to be educated in separate programs and schools. Today children with disabilities — both visible and invisible — are… Read more...

May252016
B'nai Mitzvah for All
May 25, 2016

Learn from Howard Blas, a respected thought leader in Jewish special education. We will discuss ways to better meet the needs of your learners. Our webinar will: Help you re-imagine the traditional approach to B’nai Mitzvah Introduce a range of B’nai Mitzvah options that meet individual needs… Read more...

Apr172016
A New Alternate-Side Trick
April 17, 2016

Dear Diary: As a longtime alternate-side parker, I thought I had seen every trick imaginable. Here’s a new one: A man drives up close to a motorcycle, which is taking up an unnecessarily big parking space. He gets out of the car, which he leaves idling. The man approaches the motorcycle, turns it… Read more...

Mar272016
Israel Open ATP men’s Challenger tennis tournament set for Ra'anana
March 27, 2016

Janko Tipsarevic received a wild card and is making his tennis comeback following foot surgery and a 17 month absence from tennis. the tennis world gears up for the Miami Open (March 21-April 3), often considered the “Fifth Grand Slam,” on par with such tennis events as Wimbledon and the US… Read more...

Feb252016
North Americans with disabilities meet Israelis 'just like them,' and it's profound
February 25, 2016

In the Hebrew school of my youth, we took great pride in bringing a quarter each session to put in the blue and white JNF pushke. As Tu B’Shvat approached, we worked extra hard to raise money to plant trees in Israel. On our Hebrew high school trip to Israel, we took pride in actually planting… Read more...

Feb232016
Inclusion in the Workplace Too
February 23, 2016

Dozens of articles online and in print publications proudly and enthusiastically note that February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). JDAIM, marked by agencies and organizations throughout the Jewish world, is described as “a unified effort among Jewish organizations… Read more...

Feb142016
Israel: The Original Covenant Classroom
February 14, 2016

In a special guest post for Covenant Classroom, Covenant Award recipient and Director of the National Ramah Tikvah Network Howard Blas shares some of the latest and greatest creative and original educational programming from Israel and reminds us yet again how the land of our ancestors is truly… Read more...

Feb72016
Israel maintains Group I status
February 7, 2016

Pe’er kicked off the action for Team Israel on Center Court in Saturday afternoon’s match against Ukraine’s Bondarenko. Israel will play in Fed Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I for an eighth straight year in 2017 after losing 3-0 to Ukraine in Eilat on Saturday. A 2-1 win over Croatia on… Read more...

Feb52016
Fed Cup Tennis: Israel storms back, sweeps Estonia to stay in contention
February 5, 2016

Israel faces Croatia in its final Pool C tie on Friday Israel enters Friday’s Fed Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I tie against Croatia in Eilat still in contention to advance to the World Group II playoffs after defeating Estonia 3-0 on Thursday. After falling 2-1 to Turkey in its opening Pool C… Read more...

Feb42016
Tennis: Israel slips to open Eilat Fed Cup event
February 4, 2016

Israel got Fed Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I action in Eilat off to a losing start on Wednesday, falling 2-1 to Turkey. Shahar Pe’er and Julia Glushko lost their singles matches to open the day before teaming up to win the doubles encounter. Israel will be back in action on Thursday when it… Read more...

Feb42016
Tennis: Israel slips to open Eilat Fed Cup event
February 4, 2016

Israel got Fed Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I action in Eilat off to a losing start on Wednesday, falling 2-1 to Turkey. Shahar Pe’er and Julia Glushko lost their singles matches to open the day before teaming up to win the doubles encounter. Israel will be back in action on Thursday when it… Read more...

Jan262016
Eilat set to host another world-class tennis tournament
January 26, 2016

In 2016, 101 nations entered Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, making it the world’s largest annual international team competition in women’s sport. Ofra Friedman, media relations manager, and her team at the Israel Tennis Association haven’t been sleeping much these days. They have been working day… Read more...

Jan232016
The Typical Israel Experience And A Whole Lot More
January 23, 2016

Eight brave young adults with disabilities from across the United States traveled to Israel over winter break as part of Ramah Israel Institute’s Tikvah Ramah Israel Trip. Most of this year’s travelers are current participants in or recent graduates of the various vocational training programs… Read more...

Dec22015
Kosherfest 2015: Still introducing new products…after all these years
December 2, 2015

Every year, I approach Kosherfest with a healthy dose of both excitement and skepticism. How can there possibly be anything new in the world of kosher, I wonder? But there always is. And this year’s Kosherfest did not disappoint. Kosherfest 2015 – held in the Meadowlands Exposition Center in… Read more...

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