By Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, Director, Whole Community Inclusion / February is the shortest month, but for Jewish Learning Venture’s Whole Community Inclusion (WCI) initiative, it has been bursting with Jewish Disability Awareness Month (JDAM) activities to make our Jewish communities more inclusive of people of all abilities.
By Rabbi Michelle Greenfield, WCI Consultant / Last Thursday, ten rabbis gathered at Jewish Learning Venture to share breakfast and learn together in honor of Jewish Disability Awareness Month.
by Rabbi Margot Stein, Board Member / My son, a high functioning child with autism, did not speak until he was four and is only now, in 7th grade, learning to read independently. Yet he chanted from the Torah, recited the Sh’ma, helped lead the service, and delivered a D’var Torah that was unique in several important ways.
By Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, Director, Whole Community Inclusion / Three moms, from three different Jewish denominations, with five total children who have special needs, gathered together to share their wisdom and experience last Sunday for a Whole Community Inclusion seminar for parents, held in partnership with the Friendship Circle, focusing on Bar/Bat Mitzvah for Children of all Abilities.