Lisa Handelman is the Community Disabilities Inclusion Specialist for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
By Lisa Handelman
How To Engage Individuals With Disabilities In The Jewish Community
The Jewish New Year starts literally with a blast. On Rosh Hashanah we are commanded to listen to the kol, the voice, of the shofar. We are instructed to listen to each distinct sound. Listening extends beyond the physical ability to hear. It is about focused attention and a desire to reflect and understand. To…
What The Haggadah Teaches Us About Disability Inclusion
It would not be hard to imagine one’s mother exclaiming “Mother’s Day? You should be aware of your mother’s blessings every day of the year!” With Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion month (JDAIM) behind us, it is important not to lose momentum. The journey to advance inclusion is an ongoing process. While this quest is…
How To Build A More Inclusive Jewish Community
Judaism values inclusion. Yet, according to a study conducted in 2013 by RespectAbilityUSA and JerusalemU, most American Jews with disabilities feel excluded from their own gathering places. National Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), created in 2009, was designed to rectify this. As a community, we still have work to do. To that end,…
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