YACHAD Blog

Remembering Sarah Taub

By Batya Sheva Brenner In 1979, at twenty-three, Sarah Taub gave birth to her second daughter, a baby with Down syndrome. Her doctor told her that the child would never learn to walk or talk and advised her to leave the hospital without her. Those years the world didn’t know any better. Taub set out […]

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Staff at Yad B’Yad and Camp HASC Enable Summer Fun

Everyone deserves to have a fun break in the summer, but for people with disabilities it is not always easy. For someone who uses a wheelchair, for example, it is very difficult to play any sort of sport. Thankfully, many camps, like Camp HASC and the Yachad program in Israel, Yad B’Yad, have been established […]

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Boatloads of Fun with New England Yachad

Avigail Kosowsky reflects on her summer internship with New England Yachad. I walk through the Community Rowing parking lot, after a fun but tiring trip rowing down the Charles River, and take a sip from my orange-capped Yachad water bottle. I look down, glancing at the logo: “Yachad: Because Everyone Belongs.” This slogan is plastered […]

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Chaverim reels it in

On Sunday, July 29, Yachad’s Chaverim group went on a deep-sea fishing trip in Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn. The amazing staff and crew of the Sea Queen VII taught us how to bait our own hooks, distinguish when you’re getting a nibble and how to reel in the big one. Being out on the water on […]

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For families of Jews with disabilities, Shabbaton retreats provide respite and support

By Hiram Reisner for JTA Shmuel and Rivka have a 3-year-old son, Moshe, with Down syndrome. As Hasidim who live in Borough Park, Brooklyn, they have struggled with how to explain their child’s special needs to others in their community. When an opportunity came up to attend a weekend retreat for Jewish families with family […]

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Yachad Israel’s First Pop Up Cafe, a Huge Success

by Aviyah Atkin This year has been an incredible year for Yachad Israel, particularly in the brand new Vocational Program that Director, Lisa Galinsky started just this year! In this program, one of the main focuses for the Yachad participants is learning and preparing for jobs in the workplace. They have learned retail skills, social skills, […]

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NY Yachad Gala Dinner - June 11, 2018

Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, a division of the Orthodox Union, will host its annual New York regional gala dinner, held in tribute to disability inclusion pioneers Rabbi Abraham Wahrhaftig z”l and Caryn Pollak, as well as in honor of Adira Katlowitz, Young Leadership award recipient. The event will raise funds for crucial […]

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Yachad: A High School Peer Perspective

Abby Bessler, a senior at the Maimonides School and Yachad club co-president, shares her insights on the value of Yachad’s programs. New England Yachad is an inclusive organization that serves people of all ages with disabilities. But it is much more than just that. The word “Yachad” means together. It means inclusion. Inclusion is a […]

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Yachad Raises more than $1 Million on 2nd Annual Giving Day

Yachad raised $1,371,942 in just 24 hours during its 2nd Annual Giving Day 2017, which began at 3 pm EST Monday, December 11. The organization used the crowdfunding site www.charidy.com for the effort. These funds will be used to boost the organization’s goal of creating a more empowered and inclusive Jewish future for people with […]

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Sheva Brachot B'Yachad: A Beautiful, Inclusive Celebration

By Arielle Zellis Paley His voice becomes increasingly more confident as he reads the words of Sheva Brachot from the bencher. Naftali Stubin finishes the Bracha and sits up straight, looking towards me and Netanel in awe, seemingly surprised at himself. His eyes open wide and his lips curl into a grin as he exclaims, […]

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