Disabilities

Disabilities

Young campers facing away from the camera with their arms around one anothers shoulders

Thanks to the Foundation for Jewish Camp, seven of our URJ camps have received grants to make their grounds and programming as accessible to as many campers and visitors as possible.

Chris Harrison
Man in a wheelchair at the bottom of a long flight of steps

Given the upcoming 30th anniversary of the ADA, it is time for synagogues that need to move toward becoming fully inclusive and accessible to make a start.

Sheri Denkensohn-Trott
Chalk drawings of arrows pointing forward as if it to indicate progress

People with disabilities and mental health conditions, and those who love them, just want what everyone else wants – to belong.

Shelly Christensen
Poster/sign that says You're Invited being held overhead

If your congregation promotes audacious hospitality by welcoming and engaging seekers, members, and others to build a more vibrant Jewish world, apply for a Belin Award.

Jennifer Goldstein and Lisa Lieberman Barzilai
Two teen boys in suits reading from a document in front of a crowd of other teens

The Resolution to Increase Accessibility for Participants highlights the small yet important ways NFTY can improve its accessibility for three different groups of people.

Fletcher Block
Group of teen campers holding hands in a circle as if participating in a group activity

Camp Harlam is healthier because we opened ourselves up to and held ourselves accountable for making a change. We would never go back to the way it was before. 

Aaron Selkow
White computer keyboard featuring three blue buttons with varying disability symbols

Every February, Jewish communities worldwide join to advocate for inclusion of people with disabilities and mental health conditions to be active participants in Jewish life. 

Shelley Christensen
Hands holding a geometric red heart

In honor of Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month, we offer a few suggestions to help congregations adopt further awareness and understanding of disabilities.

Rabbi Edythe Held Mencher, L.C.S.W.
Teens and young adults with Reform Movement gun violence prevention signs

Reform Judaism’s young people are stepping forward as leaders -- using the values of our tradition to speak truth to power and promote tikkun olam, repair of our world.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Rabbi David Saperstein hugs Rabbi Lynne Landsberg

It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of Rabbi Lynne F. Landsberg, z’l

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Rabbi David Saperstein, & Barbara Weinstein