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Jewish Disability Awareness Month

By Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, Director, Whole Community Inclusion On Wednesday, the Jewish Special Needs Consortium of Greater Philadelphia met to finalize plans for Jewish Disability Awareness Month (JDAM), which takes place in February. While all of the Consortium members agree that creating a more inclusive Jewish community is a year-long effort, we also appreciate that February is a time when we can focus our attention on providing meaningful inclusion and full participation of people with disabilities and their families in Jewish community. To that end, the Consortium is sponsoring several important events next month that we invite you to participate in, [...]

jkidphilly Made a Big Difference on MLK Day of Service!

By Lori Rubin, Director, Family Engagement; and Danya Shapiro, jkidphilly Specialist / In the week leading up to and on MLK day, jkidphilly had a number of Little Hands Make a Big Difference programs to honor the day, which all made an incredible impact in our community.

Happiness Comes From Doing Something Kind For Someone Else

By Dr. Robyn Cohen, Director, PJ Library Philadelphia and jteenphilly / One of my favorite Psychology studies is the pencil experiment. You can try this one at home. Hold a pencil in your mouth- hold it first with just your lips holding the pencil, and next with just your teeth gripping it.