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Grant to Promote Inclusion of Individuals with Disabilities in Jewish Life

Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies was one of 22 organizations to receive funding under a matching grants program sponsored by The Genesis Prize Foundation  and Jewish Funders Network. The program, Breaking Barriers Initiative, established in honor of 2016 Genesis Prize Laureate Itzhak Perlman, will fund programs that promote inclusion of individuals with disabilities in…

Special Bat Mitzvah

When Hannah Sturman became a bat mitzvah in February, it stirred many emotions in the Neveh Shalom community. Hannah and her younger brother Mitchell have a rare brain disorder in which the two hemispheres of the brain do not communicate with each other.  Congregation Neveh Shalom for many years hosted a community-wide Sunday school class…

Exhibit explores lives and work of women with disabilities

“Brilliance and Resilience” is on display at Temple Beth Israel, 1175 E. 29th Ave., in Eugene, through October. The exhibit includes photographs and vignettes of 30 women with disabilities who have participated in Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability programs. For information on viewing the exhibit at TBI, call 541-485-7218. For information on hosting the…

Home stays create cultural understanding

Another benefit of WILD has been the cross-cultural understanding that evolves during the delegates’ home stays with families in Eugene. Rabbi Yitzhak and Shonna Husbands-Hankin hosted deaf delegate Hanan Mohsen Ibrahim Aly from Cairo, Egypt. “We had many meaningful interactions,” says Shonna. “We showed her around, including a painting of a Middle Eastern woman releasing…

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Sygall gives wings to disabled

Susan Sygall and her band of 156 WILD women are “Loud, Proud and Passionate” in their efforts to enhance the lives and rights of women with disabilities around the globe. In August Sygall’s Eugene congregation hosted the closing session of the sixth Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability program. Temple Beth Israel is also hosting…