Inclusion

Inclusion

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

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

Some communities just get it: They understand that inclusion a mindset, a way of thinking about how we treat one another, ensuring that everyone has a place. These communities understand that inclusion is who we are and who we want to be. I've been fortunate to know and work in a few such communities - like URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy in Byfield, MA.

Lisa Friedman

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

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
person with diability in a wheelchair participating in a program/event

At the heart of the Reform Movement’s commitment to the concept of “audacious hospitality” is the belief that we will be a stronger, more vibrant community when we fully integrate the diversity that is the reality – and the future – of modern Jewish life. Jewish Disability Advocacy and Inclusion Month give us the opportunity to strengthen our commitment to social change and highlight the need for ongoing awareness.

April Baskin

Rather than planning separate programming for people with disabilities, take a look at what your community already offers and view it through an inclusive lens. Ask, “What can we do to make this more inclusive?”

Cantor Faryn Kates Rudnick