Disability Awareness

Disability Awareness

Colorful candles shaped like the number 10 lit atop a birthday cake

Looking back over the past 10 years, Jewish communities around the world have embraced Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month in February. 

Shelly Christensen
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In these unprecedented times, here are six timely tools and resources to help enhance and enrich Jewish life in your community during this High Holiday season and beyond.

Mark J. Pelavin
A black gamepiece stands alone to the right side of a group of red gamepieces

I remember that once, I heard a professor in cantorial school refer to a particular student as “a work in progress.” It was not meant to be insulting; rather, he was complimenting the student’s pos

Cantor Faryn Kates Rudnick
Press Release

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and the Ruderman Family Foundation (RFF) today announced the strengthening of their important partnership supporting the URJ’s vital work around disabilities inclusion.

The RFF has contributed close to $1 million to the URJ in a unique partnership for disabilities inclusion awareness work, including a new $300,000 grant over two years for the URJ RFF Disabilities Inclusion Initiative.  

Group of adults and children with disabilities together lighting a twisted Havdalah candle

As our students became b’nei mitzvah, and read, spoke, or used the computer to enhance their communication, the community saw how much effort they had put into learning Judaism; the entire community was reminded of its own obligation and joy in educating all of the next generation. 

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff
Circle of hands linked together in inclusion and solidarity

On February 2, hundreds of us gathered at the seventh annual Jewish Disability Advocacy Day (JDAD),  co-sponsored by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Jewish Federations of North America, and dozens of other partners across the country. JDAD offered a unique opportunity for all Jews to unite around this issue, which affects communities across the denominational spectrum. It also helped kick off Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), an annual community-wide initiative that seeks to raise awareness and support for including people with disabilities in all facets of Jewish life.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
Synagogue members with arms around one another at a Welcome Shabbat

As a Jewish professional dedicated to issues of disability inclusion and awareness, I’m all about solutions. When I read this article, I wanted to yell, “This is exactly the type of piece that must be required reading in our seminaries!”

Lisa Friedman
Glowing green ACCESSIBILITY key on a white keyboard

Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) is here, and the number of communities and organizations around the world that participate in this awareness effort is growing!

Shelley Christensen

On February 2, please join me in advocating with and for people with disabilities and the programs that benefit them.

Nathan Bennett

As a person with a disability, I request accommodations, but they are often met by a lack of awareness or a lack of a response.

Rabbi Rebecca L. Dubowe