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A Very Inclusive Thanksgivukkah

Thanksgivukkah

October 7, 2013
JewishBoston.com

This year’s holiday season has been made extra joyous with the coincidence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving. Both holidays are especially meaningful for those with disabilities: Hanukkah is a celebration of fortitude and survival, while Thanksgiving is an expression of our gratefulness. Use this special day to remind yourself of the amazing strength and fortitude shown by those living with disabilities, and to be grateful for the amazing gift of their endurance! Here are some additional ideas for the holidays:

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IDF soldiers perform national anthem in sign language

IDF soldiers completed a ‘Signs of Change’ courseBy Lazar Berman
October 15, 2013, 1:39 am  
The Times of Israel

Trainees in special course for disabled volunteers learn ‘Hatikva’ in solidarity with deaf comrades

IDF ceremonies regularly bring the assembled crowd — parents, siblings, and lovers — to tears. But a ceremony last Thursday at the Bahad 11 base in Tzrifin was especially poignant for onlookers and soldiers alike.

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Twins’ mitzvah project benefits hospital that helped save their lives

Jack (left) and Sam Reeves decided to outfit a therapy room for their mitzvah project

Written by Kimberly Winter Stern
Special to The Chronicle   
Thursday, October 17 2013 11:00

For 12-year-old twin brothers Jack and Sam Reeves, coming of age in their Jewish tradition has a profound meaning. On Nov. 30, just weeks after turning 13, they will observe their B’nai Mitzvah — a moment that symbolizes crossing the threshold of boyhood and becoming accountable for their own actions.

Photo: Jack (left) and Sam Reeves were born premature and spent the first three months of their lives in the neonatal intensive care unit at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. The twins, who will celebrate their B’nai Mitzvah on Nov. 30, decided to outfit a play therapy room at the hospital for their mitzvah project.

But the Reeves brothers will celebrate another milestone at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah come the end of November: growing from a very shaky beginning into thriving young men.

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