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This February marks the 9th annual Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). At The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, we proudly celebrate JDAIM with the knowledge that inclusion is among our main areas of focus year-round. Our policies, practices and programs incorporate The Jewish Federation’s commitment to include individuals with disabilities, setting a standard for the ways in which individuals are invited and encouraged to participate in Jewish life.
Updated: Feb. 08, 2017
New Online Learning Center Launched to Enhance Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Synagogue Programs
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and the Ruderman Family Foundation have launched the URJ Ruderman Disabilities Inclusion Learning Center, an innovative and interactive online resource center. A key element of the far-reaching URJ Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Initiative, this pioneering learning site, open to all, offers visitors the information and strategies to develop truly inclusive congregations where everyone can fully participate in and contribute to Jewish communal life and learning. An equally important goal of the site is to decrease the stigma and misconceptions surrounding disabilities.
Updated: Dec. 31, 2014
February 1, 2014 will mark the beginning of the sixth annual Jewish Disability Awareness Month. JDAM is designed to be a unified initiative to raise disability awareness and support efforts to foster inclusion in Jewish communities worldwide. I will share a daily blog post throughout the month of February to help bring awareness to the significant value of including Jews with disabilities in all aspects of Jewish life. I may write a “how-to” or share a success story, I will probably discuss an experience or two as they unfold, and I might reflect on a struggle or a goal not yet met. I may even introduce a guest post or two. And I would love for you to join me.
Updated: Mar. 05, 2014
Birthright, the 10 day Israel trip, which has brought some 220,000 Jews aged 18 to 26 to Israel since its inception in 2000, also runs specially tailored Birthright programs for those with disabilities. They have organized trips for young people with Asperger's syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism, for the hearing impaired, the developmentally disabled and wheelchair users, and has had one trip for blind participants. By the end of 2009, at least 28 groups of people with special needs will have traveled to Israel on Birthright since 2003.
Updated: Nov. 16, 2009
'Our Way' of Yachad, The National Jewish Council for Disabilities makes available various resources in print for use of parents and educators of Jewish deaf and hard of hearing. Signs of the Seder and The Shabbat Manual in Sign include key signs for the Passover Seder and Shabbat observance. Through their illustrations and comprehensive explanations, the booklets’ goal is to enhance the religious observance of the Jewish Deaf Community and to enable them to play a more active role in their family or community Jewish holiday ceremonies.
Updated: Jun. 22, 2009