Faith traditions might just offer the long-term, stable communities that adults with intellectual disabilities need.
Deaf-inclusive synagogues have long been creatively reimagining the blowing of the shofar.
“Being inclusive starts with asking questions and understanding what people are feeling and seeking.”
How Jewish communities can use lessons learned amid the pandemic to better embrace their disabled members.
Program in Atlanta is part of initiatives sparked by Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month.
When he was just 30 days old, Rabbi Douglas Goldhamer suffered a botched radiation treatment for a skin ailment, leaving half his body discolored. Growing up he was often teased and treated differently.
When artist Riva Lehrer was a child, Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” deeply resonated with her. Her association with the legend was understandable—Lehrer was born with spina bifida, a condition when the spine and spinal column do not fuse in utero. Lehrer was born in 1958, when 90% of children with spina bifida did not survive. It was also a time when the term “birth defect” was thoughtlessly bandied about.
Jonah Sanderson expects to get a Masters Degree in Jewish Studies this year from a Los Angeles rabbinical seminary. Not especially noteworthy— until you learn that Sanderson, 32, has had lifelong struggles with learning disabilities.
‘Fear has been passed down like a family heirloom.’
The author, a proud Jew and woman with autism, explains how the Jewish community can support those with disabilities more effectively.