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In Israel: Taking Inclusion To A Larger Level
February 12, 2015

On a recent visit to a Pikud HaOref, Home Front Command base in Ramle, 14 miles southeast of Tel Aviv, a soldier tells me a very animated story about his role in Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s military operation in Gaza: “My job was to copy the papers for our soldiers to drop… Read more...

The Sportswriter’s Dilemma
January 23, 2015

There is an unwritten rule that sports reporters simply do not root for a sports team or player while covering an event. Admittedly, this is difficult. A life-long Bostonian covering the Super Bowl February 1st in Glendale, Arizona may have a difficult time sitting poker-faced as Tom Brady and the… Read more...

Lessons in Collaboration
December 9, 2014

Recently, I participated in a webinar entitled “Inclusion and Sensitivity.” It was impressive not only for the content but for the fact that it was a collaborative effort of the Conservative Movement’s Ramah Service Corps and the Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) Camps. The coordinators of both… Read more...

Kosherfest 2014: Where Every Product Has a Story
November 26, 2014

On Nov. 11 and 12, 340 companies filled 400 booths in the 80,000-square-foot exhibition hall in the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, N.J. – all part of the 26th annual Kosherfest, the trade show of the kosher food industry. Kosher is big business. The number of Americans who are… Read more...

Growth Continues in the Jewish Disabilities World
November 11, 2014

Two years ago, a delegation of Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) and Jewish Funders Network (JFN) members visited eight Jewish summer camps in the Northeast in three days. Despite their different locations (from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts), sizes, and movement affiliations, the camps had one… Read more...

For Israeli tennis ace Andy Ram and ‘home’ crowd in Fla., a finale to remember
September 16, 2014

SUNRISE, Fla. (JTA) – It wasn’t Tel Aviv, but thousands of people chanting his name at a Davis Cup match following a grueling victory was a pretty good way for Israel’s Andy Ram to leave the game of tennis to which he had devoted more than half his life. Ram, 34, and his… Read more...

Doubles partners smash prejudice as 1956 Wimbledon champs
September 9, 2014

Film screened at UK House of Commons show how a Jewish and a black player broke through the color barrier — and anti-Semitism — on the tennis court Although Angela Buxton applied for membership in the All England Lawn Tennis Club in August 1958, she is still awaiting a reply. Given… Read more...

Jewish players, kosher food and kippot hold court at the U.S. Open
September 3, 2014

As the Ledger went to press, the U.S. Open tennis tournament was in full swing at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. This year’s Open, which kicked off on August 25 and comes to a close on Sept. 8, features a number of Jewish players from around the… Read more...

Israeli tennis team upbeat as Davis Cup approaches
August 29, 2014

Dudi Sela updates on team composition and morale following his first round US Open win NEW YORK — Fans of Israel tennis gathered yesterday at the US Open to watch Israelis in action in back to back matches on court 13. Shahar Peer lost in three tough sets to Croation Mirjana Lucic-Baroni… Read more...

Jewish teen tennis star set to play at US Open
August 26, 2014

After a benefit game with No. 1 ranked Serbian Novak Djokovic, Noah Rubin is ready for tourney — and college NEW YORK — Serbian Novak Djokovic, the top ranked tennis player in the world, turned to the crowd at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy on Randall’s Island in New York… Read more...

A Year of Hopeful Trends in the Inclusion World
July 17, 2014

As a teacher of Jewish Studies and b’nai mitzvah training children with a wide range of disabilities, and as a long time director of a disabilities program which is part of an 800+ camper Jewish overnight camp, I am immersed in the Jewish disabilities world and am part of dozens of year… Read more...

Israeli emissaries at US summer camps wonder how best to serve
July 15, 2014

Former members of elite IDF units frustrated by toasting marshmallows while cohort called up to Operation Protective Edge PALMER, Massachusetts — At Camp Ramah in New England this weekend, Israeli emissary Yakov described feeling very far away from what’s happening in Israel while… Read more...

“Walking with the Enemy” Conversation with film director Mark Schmidt
May 21, 2014

For Jerusalem resident Moshe Rosenbaum it is hard to believe that his Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor father, Pinchas, would have been 90 this year. He died 33 years ago – and, like many survivors, he did not share all of the details of his Holocaust experience. Fortunately, however, he… Read more...

NBA’s Gal Mekel battles back after knee injury
March 31, 2014

Optimistic of a full recovery, the second Israeli in the league joins a record-breaking 92 international players from 39 countries NEW YORK — On a recent Monday evening, New York City’s Madison Square Garden was rocking. The sellout crowd of 19,812 at the newly renovated Manhattan… Read more...

Beyond Crown: Southern Connecticut takes steps to keep its community kosher
March 19, 2014

Several weeks ago, Hartford Courant commentator Colin McEnroe summed up the imminent demise of West Hartford’s Crown Supermarket in a brief Courant blog post entitled, “Nooooooo.” “The Crown is not just food. It’s culture,” he observed. Of course, much to the… Read more...

KOLOT — Dad and Dan in China
February 11, 2014

A few weeks back, an article by Dan Blas, entitled, “A Jew in China” appeared in this column (Dec. 14, 2013). Dan learned his article had been published via the Google alert he received on his iPhone as we settled into our hotel room in Shanghai. I am one lucky dad. When your son asks… Read more...

Inclusion Comes from the Top – and the Bottom, and Middle
February 4, 2014

On a recent ten-day Tikvah Ramah Israel trip, twelve participants with disabilities, ages 18-40, were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime visit to a 1,000-soldier army base. Admittedly, other tour groups visit army bases; our group spent three hours at the MAZI/Bar-Lev base near Kiryat Milachi, where… Read more...

Holocaust exhibit at UN stresses memory and hope
January 31, 2014

Survivors, liberators, diplomats and March of the Living alum gather for remembrance event Neshama Carlebach and Eli Rubenstein remember exactly where they were standing in 1998 when Judy Weissenberg Cohen uttered a moving address to a large group of teenagers from Canada attending the 11th March… Read more...

Real men donate their purses to charity
December 2, 2013

Jewish boxer Boyd Melson is going eight rounds for Team Fight to Walk on Wednesday in NY to help those with spinal injuries For Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson, life at the United States Military Academy at West Point was not easy. West Point demands physical and academic discipline, and even… Read more...

Kosherfest 2013
November 20, 2013

SECAUCUS, N.J. – This year, even the ticket agent in Manhattan’s Port Authority Bus Terminal knew about Kosherfest – and that the 320 bus, leaving from gate 231, takes visitors to the annual kosher food trade show at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, N.J. Attendees… Read more...

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