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For more than 10 years, Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) has focused on awareness and inclusion. 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.
But inclusion is a term that is interpreted along a spectrum. To some, it means that any program or service for people is inclusive. Others go well beyond programs and services to encourage and support people with disabilities, mental health conditions, and those who love them, so that they participate in Jewish life as they wish. And there are many variations of “inclusion” in between.
The truth is, people with disabilities and mental health conditions just want what everyone else wants: to belong!
That’s why we’ve incorporated "acceptance" into the JDAIM name. The logos reflect this, and I ask that you promote the new language, Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month, this February.
Acceptance is not just a change in a name. It’s a change in attitude and practice.
Genuine acceptance is rooted in the inherent value of Judaism that we are all created in the Divine image. Acceptance is based on two key concepts. First, each one of us has something to contribute to our communities and our world, and second, our communities are not whole until all of us belong. We can only go so far if we focus only on awareness and inclusion. This year, let’s join with communities all around the world to focus on genuine acceptance by making our synagogues and our organizations places where people know they belong!
As your community prepares for Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month, download the JDAIM 2019 Program Guide. In it, you'll find:
Finally, don't forget to check out Rabbi Edythe Held Mencher's new post, "11 Ways to Celebrate Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month in Your Synagogue." Tune in to the Inside Leadership blog all February long for continued resources, stories, and more related to JDAIM.
February is Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), a unified initiative to raise disability awareness and support efforts to foster inclusion in Jewish communities worldwide. The Union for Reform Judaism is proud of its Presidential Initiative on Disabilities Inclusion, an ongoing effort to ensure full inclusion and participation of people with disabilities in every aspect of Reform Jewish life. Visit the Disabilities Inclusion Learning Center to learn more.