Ultra-Orthodox Mayor Cancels Bar/Bat Mitzvah For Disabled Children

Ultra-Orthodox Mayor Cancels Bar/Bat Mitzvah For Disabled Children

Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer directs Jewish Learning Venture’s Whole Community Inclusion which fosters inclusion of people with disabilities through the Philadelphia Jewish community. She loves writing/editing for “The New Normal” and for WHYY’s newsworks. Her latest book The Little Gate Crasher is a memoir of her Great-Uncle Mace Bugen, a self-made millionaire and celebrity selfie-artist who was 43 inches tall and was chosen for this year’s Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month Book Selections. She’s recently shared an ELI Talk on Standing With Families Raising Kids With Disabilities and has released a journal designed for special needs parents.

Editor's Note: We were shocked and saddened to read this news story from Israel and wanted to share it with "New Normal" readers.

The ultra-Orthodox mayor of Rehovot has cancelled a special bar- and bat-mitzvah ceremony for children with disabilities that was scheduled to take place on Thursday at the Israeli city's Conservative synagogue.

Mayor Rahamim Malul, who has served as Knesset member for Shas, the religious Mizrahi party, instructed the principal of Lotem, a school for the disabled in Rehovot, to move the ceremony to an Orthodox synagogue, according to leaders of the Conservative, also known as the Masorti, movement in Israel.

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