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Disability Inclusion

Our goal is the full participation in the spiritual, educational and social aspects of synagogue life for people living with disabilities and for their families.

New Partnership
Ruderman Family Foundation

Recently, the URJ announced a new partnership with the Ruderman Family Foundation to launch the Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Initiative, which aims to improve attitudes about inclusion and disabilities among community leaders and clergy, Jewish professionals, organizational leaders, and congregants, and to ensure full inclusion and participation of people with disabilities and their families in every aspect of Reform Jewish life.

Make Your Congregation More Inclusive
Educator Resources
  • Torah at the Center: Inclusion
    The Winter 2011 issue of this publication for Jewish educators provides articles from educators, professionals, and lay leaders from all around the Reform Movement, each addressing the topic of creating an atmosphere of inclusion in all aspects of Jewish learning.
  • JDAM Reads for Children!
    JDAM Reads for Children! presents practical ideas for raising awareness of disabilities and encouraging tikkun
    using the picture book Jumping Jenny. Also includes information for a webinar featuring the book's author.
  • JDAM Reads! Discussion Guide for The Story of Beautiful Girl
    JDAM (Jewish Disability Awareness Month) Reads! is new this year affording book groups, congregations and communities to read a book together, and then discuss it using this discussion guide.
  • Praying with Lior: a Bar Mitzvah documentary
    Praying with Lior asks whether someone with Down syndrome can be a "spiritual genius." As this moving and entertaining documentary moves to its climax, Lior must pass through the gateway to manhood - his Bar Mitzvah.
  • What Makes a "Special Needs Bar Mitzvah" Truly Special
    by Becca Hornstein, Executive Director of Council for Jews with Special Needs
Worship Resources

Jewish Disability Awareness Month

Learn ways to improve disability awareness in your community, in February and all year round. "Like" JDAM on Facebook.

Examples of Successful Programs
Articles and Resources
Featured Videos
  1. Rabbi Lynne F. Landsberg talks about Jewish Disability Awareness Month, an opportunity for Jewish communities to break down physical, communicative and attitudinal barriers, educate ourselves on the true meaning of accessibility and inclusion, and reach out to Jews with disabilities.
  2. Learn about the people and stories that make Bet Shalom Congregation in Minnetonka, MN an inclusive, welcoming environment, in the video below.
  3. Rabbi Richard F. Address discusses how congregations can and are adapting to welcome those with special needs and disabilities. Watch the video below or listen to the Podcast:

    Download the MP3

Disability Awareness Project made possible by the Epstein-Wenger Family Supporting Foundation & Warren and Joyce Heilbronner.

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