Lori Zlotoff

Lori Zlotoff

Inside Leadership
Smiling campers in Camp Harlam shirts looking off camera

This year, in recognition of Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, I joined Cori Miller, URJ Camp Harlam’s camper care and enrollment manager), in venturing to our nation’s capital to embark on a day of learning and lobbying with nearly 200 other Jewish professionals. The Jewish Federations of North America, along with the Religious Action Center, organized an incredible day on Capitol Hill for Jewish Disability Advocacy Day.

It was humbling and inspiring to sit among disabilities advocates from across the country, coming together for the common purpose of fighting for...

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Purim is often celebrated by dressing up as the brave and honest characters from the Megillah, who stood up for their peoplehood. Purim is also a wonderful opportunity to affirm our commitment to community. In keeping with the URJ’s core value of Audacious Hospitality, Camp Harlam is proud to call itself an inclusive camp, welcoming campers of all needs and abilities who want to be here.

Here are 5 lessons from camp that can help make your synagogue’s Purim Carnival accessible to all this year:

1. Open your doors with joy!

At Camp: we know families agree that we are a more...

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“I have a son with special needs. I would love to feel like there might be a place for him at Camp Harlam.” The words stood out to me on the page as if they were wrapped in neon lights.

The professional staff of URJ Camp Harlam was reviewing the results of the parents’ end-of-summer survey. Amongst hundreds of comments on the page, this one resonated deeply for me. As the camp’s inclusion coordinator, it is my job – and my privilege – to work with campers with disabilities, giving them the support and accommodations necessary to be successful at camp. But we need to find these...

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