More about Akiva’s Missing Glasses

Akiva and the Missing Glasses: A Never-ending Story of Disability and Vulnerability Now, where did I leave you? It was early June when in the space of one week, 2 pairs of Akiva’s glasses went missing. The story has continued in amazing, astonishing and mystifying ways. BEFORE YOU READ ANY FURTHER, please don’t tell us…

A Homeless NGO: When Inspiration Doesn’t Mean Success

There’s a strange disconnect between inspiring people, doing what everyone says is ‘amazing work,’ and actually succeeding in keeping it going. I guess that’s the nature of founding an NGO,Shutaf Inclusion Programs, something that I did with my colleague and co-founder, Miriam Avraham, in 2007. Eight years later, we’re proud of our innovative work in…

Naomi Berger’s Spring Chicken Soup

Otherwise known as Lemon-Scented Chicken Soup (Adapted from Bon Appetit) Naomi: Chicken soup has always been a winter comfort food in our house. I only make chicken soup from Rosh Hashanah until Pesach — and only use this recipe on Pesach. During the winter, I make a hearty broth with lots of vegetables. When I…

Elections Should Be Equal!

Israeli law allows every citizen 18 and up, the right to vote in government elections. A key element regarding elections is that they should be equal. This is a fundamental constitutional right, given to every Israeli citizen without reservation. A right that of course, is also offered to citizens who have disabilities: physical, intellectual, emotional,…

Shutaf: The Best Place To Be

In one room, four pre-teen girls closely followed the complicated sequence of Zumba steps their teacher, Lisa, was doing in time to the music.  In an adjacent room, a small group of children, aged 6-13, sat in a circle petting a variety of animals brought in by Aryeh, a staffer from Jerusalem’s Nature Museum who…