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National Jewish Disability Awareness Month

This February will mark the fifth year that the Adas community is celebrating Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month. This is a wonderful continuation of our work in lifting up the value of inclusion and removing barriers to full participation in our congregational life. These programs, presented by the Inclusion Task Force, comprise a unique set of opportunities to look at the progress we have made and to examine areas for improvement. For information or to get involved please contact Naomi Malka.

We welcome your active participation in the following events:

Sunday, Feb. 4th 10am-12pm in Wasserman Hall

Adas Israel is proud to announce a presentation by NPR Investigations Correspondent Joseph Shapiro in celebration of National Jewish Disability Awareness Month. Joe is the author of No Pity; People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement. This event will also feature a screening of Lives Worth Living, an Independent Lens film from PBS about the legislation that was “an emancipation proclamation for the disabled” Click here for a preview of the film.

Bagels and coffee will be served.

Tuesday, Feb. 6th 9am-5pm Capitol Hill: Rayburn House Office Building

Jewish Disability Advocacy Day on the Hill
Join Cantor Brown, Rabbi Alexander and Rabbi Holtzblatt for a day of political action and advocacy on Capitol Hill. The Jewish Disability Network, led by The Jewish Federations of North America and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and co-sponsored by Adas Israel, looks forward to your participation. Please contact if you would like to Adas to cover your registration fee.

Inclusion Celebration Shabbat

Friday, February 9 – Saturday, February 10


Friday, February 9
6pm Return Again Service
6:30pm Traditional Lay Led Service
8pm Community Shabbat Dinner
Dvar Torah by Sara Vogler: “You, Me, Everyone – The Stories We Carry”

Sara has been a member of the Inclusion Taskforce for three years.  She is a writer and artist, participating in several exhibits, most recently Pancakes and Booze where she had sold an art piece. Sara’s professional art site is here. She is drawn to intentional community spaces and looking to engage more in those areas this year through art and Jewish spirituality. In her professional life, Sara works at Health and Human Services as a Program Analyst.

Saturday, February 10
9:30am Shabbat Morning Services, Charles E. Smith Sanctuary,

Ruderman Family Foundation

Adas Israel Congregation is proud to be a member of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism’s Inclusion Initiative. Supported by a generous grant from the Ruderman Family Foundation, this national cohort is leading the curve of creating truly inclusive communities for people with disabilities.

Examples of Accommodations at Adas Israel

  • Quiet room with minimal sensory stimulation
  • Sign Language Interpretation
  • Gender Neutral Restroom
  • Large Print Siddurim and Machzorim
  • Allergy-friendly kiddush
  • Accesible Bimah and Reading Table
  • Full time Developmental Support Coordinator in Gan HaYeled
  • Expanded wheelchair & partner seating in sanctuaries
  • Access to livestreaming of popular events through any computer, labtop or mobile device
Fri, June 22 2018 9 Tammuz 5778