Inclusivity

Inclusivity

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
Closeup of pews

The purpose of this webinar, “Inclusive Worship for Clergy – A Discussion,” was to provide our communities with ideas and broader thinking around disabilities inclusion – particularly in worship and prayer settings. 

Cantor Rosalie Boxt
URJ VP of Audacious Hospitality April Baskin stands in a classroom and gestures with her hands as she teaches a room full of participants in the URJ Keshet training partnership

A year-long initiative, the URJ-Keshet Youth Leadership Project, aims to improve inclusivity in our Reform youth programs. It is the largest implementation yet of Keshet’s work

Toby Singer and Rachael Brill
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

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
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

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