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Jewish Disability Awareness

NFTY actively promotes resources available from the URJ and others to help our communities to be more welcoming. Together we can use these resources to break down physical, communication, and attitudinal barriers, educate our communities on what accessibility and inclusion really mean, and reach out to Jews with disabilities and special needs.

Jewish Disability Awareness MonthFebruary 2014 is the sixth annual Jewish Disability Awareness Month, presenting congregations with an opportunity to become truly welcoming. Together we can use this month to break down physical, communication, and attitudinal barriers, educate our communities on what accessibility and inclusion really mean, and reach out to Jews with disabilities. All of the resources on the RAC's Disability Issues Page can help your congregation recognize Jewish Disability Awareness Month. In addition, please consult Jewish Federation of North America's resource guide and take action now to promote employment of people with disabilities by signing the Statement of Solidarity.

Please also visit the Union for Reform Judaism's Disabilities page for resources on celebrating an Inclusion Shabbat, making Jewish life cycle events accessible and other congregational program ideas.

 
 


Every Soul Matters - Inclusion in the Jewish Community
At three years old, my daughter, Yael, stood in front of the mirror when she finally uttered her first independent sentence: "I see God."
Hebrew Acquisition is ACCESS to Lifelong Jewish Participation
I have felt the pain of an adult son in mourning as he stood in front of his mother's grave mumbling the words of Kaddish and knowing that at this sacred moment, he was empty because he didn't know how to read the prayer.
Great Expectations
My 18 year old son, Aitan, lives with autism and learned about NFTY Northeast's December Institute. Inspired by his younger brother's experiences in NFTY and at Camp Eisner, Aitan anxiously wanted to participate.
Jewish Disability Awareness Resources
Jewish tradition teaches us of our obligation to ensure equal access for all people and to help facilitate the full participation of individuals with disabilities in religious and public life. Learn more from the RAC.
Resources from the Union for Reform Judaism on welcoming those with disabilities and special needs.
By Michelle Cravez, May 2008.
Program conducted in NFTY-MAR about disability awareness, in which participants have the opportunity to learn about life with a disability and examine Jewish text around disabilities.
Kutz offers a unique camp program for teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

 
 

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