July is Disability Pride Month and as such, it is a time to ask ourselves about our inclusivity as people and our accessibility as institutions. Samantha Menucha, AKA Sam, is a disabled university student living in Israel. In this weeks episode, Sam and I discuss what it was like growing up as a disabled person in her community. We discuss what parents, individuals, institutions and clergy can do to make Judaism more accessible for all.
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The Front Lines of Public Perception with Ateret Violet Shmuel. Ateret Violet Shmuel is what one would call a social justice warrior. She is a Jewish mother, writer, educator and international human rights and Indigenous rights advocate.
Shira Lankin Sheps is a writer, photographer, and clinically trained therapist. When Shira mustered up the courage to share her story, she was welcomed with a flood of requests to share others’ stories as well. In this weeks episode, Shira shares how The Layers Project magazine and book came to be, as well as the process of sharing another’s story.
On June 11, 2003, Sarri was on Bus 14 in Jerusalem when an 18-year-old Palestinian terrorist dressed as a religious Jew boarded and blew himself up. 17 people were killed, including all those seated and standing around her, and over 100 people were injured. Sarri was hospitalized for two weeks and then returned to New Jersey to be with family.