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…

International Day of People with Disability

Did you know? December 3rd is International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), developed in Australia and recognized by the United Nations, celebrating progress in breaking down barriers, opening doors, and creating an inclusive society for all. It’s the end-of-year, yup, that time of year that Shutaf Inclusion Programs asks for help from our friends…

Sleepless in Jerusalem

Parents of children, teens and adults with disabilities see the world through a very different prism – a unique prism of worry. We worry about different and more things than the rest of you do. The things that are obvious, attainable and easy for typical children can be huge obstacles for a child or young…