Disabilities

Disabilities

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
Close-up of exterior of U.S. Capitol dome

Begun as a grassroots initiative in 2009, JDAIM makes our Jewish community more understanding, welcoming, and supportive of people with disabilities and their families.

Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer
Teenage girls dressed in white with their arms around one anothers shoulders from behind

For the last few years, URJ Camp Harlam has continually sought to create an open and safe community – an environment that is understanding and accepting, where bias and prejudice will not be tolerated.

Lisa David
Smiling campers in Camp Harlam shirts looking off camera

Senator Tammy Duckworth's words rang in my ears as I thought about our work at camp – helping children be seen for who they are and their potential, rather than be limited or diminished for their struggles.

Lori Zlotoff