Disability Awareness

Disability Awareness

Hand touching a mezuzah

As congregational leaders, our task is not to get people nominally in the doors of our sanctuary but to help them through the gates of repentance.

Matan Koch
“I will bring them to My holy mount, and I will cause them to rejoice in My house of prayer, their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be acceptable upon My altar, for My house
Shelly Christensen

A growing aspect of my work with Jewish Sacred Aging – a forum for discussions on aging for Baby Boomers and their families – has been to work with congr

Rabbi Richard F. Address, D.Min
mental illness, silhouette of head made by threadds

Many congregants suffering from mental illness choose not to seek support from fellow congregants or even clergy, and some leave congregations or don’t join in the first place because the feel they will never be accepted. There's an overwhelming need for safe, supportive groups where people with mental illness can reveal their stories, explore a spiritual connection to Judaism, and engage in social support with others dealing with similar situations.

Diana MaKieve

In this, the 26th year of the ADA, I hope the wider Jewish community will vow to raise the consciousness of synagogues everywhere, so when they meet such a child or adult or family, their hearts and arms are already wide.

Rabbi Lynne Landsberg

The modern cantor has a place in all of Jewish communal life. The cantor interacts with everyone in the community, and therefore, the cantor has a great opportunity to affect positive change for people with disabilities within the community.

Cantor Faryn Kates Rudnick

If our communal life is not available for all who want to participate, we are failing to fulfill a basic mitzvah (commandment) – and we’re also missing out on an essential part of our sacred community.

Naomi Gurt Lind

Within our congregations are individuals who live with disabilities, as well as family members and friends and people who support people with disabilities. As Jewish leaders, we simply cannot ignore a fifth of our community or treat them as marginal members.

Shelly Christensen

We know it’s important – and invaluable – to create a seat in the classroom for every child. But saying is easier than doing. How can we use the rules of improv to make inclusion happen in our congregations?

Shoshana Nyer

Named one of the URJ’s 27 Exemplar Congregations, Temple Sinai has been promoting disability awareness and inclusion long before the concept gained popularity.

Denise Sherer Jacobson