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State-of-the-art center sets new standards in treatment and inclusion for people with special needs
More than 3,000 visitors were expected to attend the grand opening and dedication ceremony on Monday afternoon at LifeTown, a 53,000-square-foot center in Livingston, N.J., that promises to redefine the treatment landscape and the principle of community i...
Grand opening of 53,000-square-foot center a revolutionary next step in treatment and integration
On the morning that the 53,000-square-foot LifeTown center first opened its doors in December 2018 in Livingston, N.J., Jason Campbell, its therapy director, found himself in the complex’s manicured indoor park. He watched as a dozen or so children with s...
First national program for volunteers to visit individual Jewish inmates at federal prisons across country
Tell a friend you are going to federal prison and responses vary from surprise, to sarcastic comments, to questions about why a person would spend precious volunteer time visiting someone who had committed a crime. When I was asked to take part in a new v...
Friendship Circle provides special headphones and the dancing goes on
Listen up, headphone companies! Rabbi Levi Stein and the Friendship Circle of Wisconsin may have discovered a new market for you. Thanks to the use of special headphones, 50 people with disabilities—many with sensory issues—were able to successfully take ...
The amazing powers of Felicia Bowers
Part I of a two-part series on Friendship Circle of Michigan WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich.—Felicia Bowers’ smile was the size of Lake Michigan when she received the latest update on the number of Facebook viewers who have watched the “Art Through Felicia’s Eyes”...
Young man with autism inspires and educates a community
Sometimes what happens in Vegas shouldn’t just stay in Vegas. Levi Harlig’s extraordinary bar mitzvah is one of them. Levi gave a flawless reading of Parshat Naso, the longest Torah portion of the year, and delivered a Chassidic discourse in Yiddish and H...
Chabad emissaries’ unique celebration and video for their son with special needs
When the Diskin family was contemplating a move from the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., to Munich in the late 1980s, there was no Chabad presence in Germany, the Berlin Wall was still standing, and they were instructed by the Rebbe’s secret...
We often choose not to recite the Mi Sheberach for people dealing with issues of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, eating disorders, schizophrenia and other mental health issues.
How Manhattan’s Upper East Siders do the holiday mitzvahs
Two young Israeli boys were riding their bikes along Manhattan’s East River Esplanade near Carl Schurz Park at 84th Street. They looked up, smiled, and called to their father in Hebrew: “Abba, look! A sukkah!” Inside, a young couple with daughters 2 and 4...
ZABS Place in North Carolina provides on-site job training and business skills
“Hello, welcome to ZABS Place! My name is Aaron.” Aaron Roochvarg sports an award-winning smile. He’s there at the door, enthusiastically greeting customers when they enter the store and asking if they need any assistance finding items. “How did you hear ...
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