Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month

“For my house shall be a house of prayer for all people.” (Isaiah 56:5)
Join our month-long celebration, honoring our differences and learning more about disability inclusion!


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Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month (JDAIM) is a unified national initiative during the month of February to raise disability awareness and support efforts to foster inclusion in Jewish communities worldwide.

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February 26, 2017, 2pm

Reading~Q&A~Book Signing~Reception

With Liane Kupferberg Carter, author of Ketchup Is My Favorite Vegetable

and Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, author of The Little Gate-Crasher

Location: 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027

For more info or to RSVP: gkaplan-mayer@jewishlearningventure.org

Now in its ninth year, Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month (JDAIM) is a unified international initiative in the month of February to raise disability awareness and support efforts to foster inclusion in Jewish communities worldwide.

Each year, several books by Jewish authors highlighting disability issues are chosen for JDAIM Reads and we are excited to bring you the authors of this year's selections.

In Ketchup is My Favorite Vegetable: A Family Grows Up With Autism, Liane Kupferberg Carter delivers a mother's insight into what really goes on in the two decades after diagnosis. From the double blow of a subsequent epilepsy diagnosis, to bullying, Bar Mitzvahs and prom, Mickey's struggles and triumphs along the road to adulthood are honestly detailed to show how one family learned to grow and thrive with autism.

In The Little-Gate Crasher: The Life And Photos of Mace Bugen, Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer shares the story of her amazing Great- Uncle Mace Bugen--an unstoppable spirit, first generation Jewish American, self-made millionaire, celebrity gate-crasher--who was 43 inches tall. Mace's unstoppable spirit defied the challenges of his own physical limitations and society's prejudices towards people with dwarfism.

Throughout the month of February, the Jewish Special Needs/Disability Awareness Consortium of Greater Philadelphia invites you to come be part of JDAIM Shabbat Across Philadelphia.

Click here for a calendar of events taking place at synagogues across the area. You are welcome to join any of these events!
The Jewish Special Needs Consortium of Greater Philadelphia invites you to participate in a Visual Expressive Arts Gallery celebrating JDAIM 2017 /5777. We are inviting children and teens from schools, camps and youth groups across the Greater Philadelphia area to create a work of visual art for JDAIM. Click here to learn more
Whole Community Inclusion invites you to join us at any or all of these events held during February!

Click here for a calendar of our events.

  Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

gkaplan-mayer@jewishlearningventure.org / 215.320.0376