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The Often Forgotten Connection Between Disabilities and Poverty

After years of helping members of the most marginalized part of Israeli society through Meir Panim’s restaurant-style soup kitchens, I have come to appreciate that anyone at anytime can find him or herself wondering from where his/her next meal will come.

But there is one population that I consistently see walk in the door: individuals with physical, psychological, emotional or other disabilities.

This month is Jewish Disability Awareness Month. As such, it is the right time to point out something often forgotten in the disabilities discussion: disabilities are a major factor in trapping people in a vicious cycle of poverty.