I invite you to read our interview with Congressman Patrick Kennedy about overcoming the barriers to full inclusion.
Almost two years ago, our first post hit the Blogosphere. We featured a story that appeared in Philadelphia’s Jewish Exponent newspaper which discussed local venture philanthropy and how this model will help shape philanthropy in the future.
We were off and running. 199 posts later, I can look back with satisfaction at how our blog has created conversations surrounding the inclusion of people with disabilities into Jewish communal life, American-Israel relations and philanthropy.
Our blog is a home for leading experts and advocates, members of Israel’s Knesset (Parliament), parents, foundation workers, rabbis and Jewish leaders. We have heard from camps, organizations, schools, synagogues, Shabbat programs and more and learned how they are becoming more inclusive.
We have focused on tragedies and triumphs, discussed the changing Jewish community worldwide, conducted interviews, heard firsthand accounts of everyday people working for a more just society. The blog is a showcase of our community’s diversity and our constant will to create lasting change.
The biggest takeaway from our blog is the conversations that have started elsewhere and the many blogs which now discuss inclusion in the Jewish community. Our goal has always been to put this issue on the international Jewish agenda and this is slowly becoming a reality.
200 blog posts. We’re just getting started…
Please note: There will be no blog post on Thursday due to the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. Our next post, next Monday, will feature William Daroff of JFNA discussing the ADVANCE Conference.