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Training: “How to Create and Implement Successful Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives”

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We shared how to take your deep commitment to Diversity and Inclusion and make it a reality. Learn from some truly successful leaders as they share the secret of their Diversity and Inclusion success, exploring the successful disability initiatives of which they’ve been apart, and looking at their intersection with other initiatives in the diversity space, including LGBTQ+ and beyond.

Panelists Include

  • Dorsey Massey, LMSW – JCC Manhattan
  • Linda Burger, MSSW – RespectAbility Board of Directors Treasurer and Jewish Family Services Houston
  • Sally Weber, LCSW – Program Consultant

Jewish organizations, leaders and activists are invited to a free online training series so they can learn how to welcome, respect and include people with disabilities from all backgrounds in the important work that they do.

The entire series is offered online and for free. All sessions include American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters and captions, and will be screen reader accessible. To request a copy of the accessible PowerPoint prior to the session or any additional accommodations required to participate, please email JoshuaS@RespectAbility.org.

Speaker Bios

Dorsey Massey headshotDorsey Massey, LMSW spearheads an inclusion initiative at JCC Manhattan and partners with all departments to develop, modify, and implement staff training to better support varied learning and communication styles. With a goal of ensuring that individuals are supported and connected to the community, she has created a comprehensive internship program to promote the development of graduate students’ understanding and awareness of work within the disability community. Dorsey is also currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University School of Social Work where she teaches foundation courses with a focus on diversity and disability to graduate students.

headshot of Linda Burger, who is smiling and wearing dangly earrings and a chunky necklace and a stripy shirt color photoLinda L. Burger, MSSW has devoted her professional life to leading and shaping significant social service programs, including the establishment of game-changing initiatives that focus on erasing stigmas associated with disability and mental health issues. CEO of Jewish Family Service Houston since 2005, Linda continues to transform and expand the agency’s resources and ability to respond to safety net basic needs, community emergencies and individuals who need ongoing help with counseling and other services. Burger is immediate Past Chair of the Network of Behavioral Health Providers in Houston among other board and advisory positions.

Sally Weber smiling headshotSally Weber, LCSW is the retired Senior Director of Jewish Community Programs and Special Needs Programs at Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, where she oversaw programs targeting specific and challenging needs of the Jewish community. She was also adjunct professor of Pastoral Counseling at the Hebrew Union College-Pacific Institute of Religion School of Rabbinic Studies. Ms. Weber was co-founder of HaMercaz, the One-Stop Special Needs Resource, a program of the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles and Jewish Family Service Los Angeles and has presented extensively on issues ranging from understanding the needs of families with special needs to the importance of social and cultural inclusion in people with disabilities in Jewish communal settings. Currently a consultant, she has worked with synagogues throughout the country on developing inclusion programs within their congregations.

Partners/Co-Promoters

AvodahB’nai David-Judea CongregationBuilders of Jewish Education: JKidLACongregation B’nai AmoonaCongregation B’nai Emet, Congregation Kol AmiCongregation Or AmiEdlavitch DCJCCFoundation for Jewish CampGateways: Access to Jewish EducationHebrew Union CollegeIKARInstitute on Theology and DisabilityJewish Federations of North AmericaJewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ – Greater MetroWest ABLEJewish Los Angeles Special Needs Trust and ServicesJewish Residential ServicesJQ International, JVS SoCal, Jewish Women International (JWI)Keshet: For LGBTQ equality in Jewish life, Keshet Chicago, Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living TorahMarlene Meyerson JCC ManhattanMatan, Moment Magazine, National Ramah Tikvah Network, Ohr HaTorah Synagogue, OurSpace LA, Reconstructing JudaismReligious Action Center of Reform JudaismROSIES FoundationShalhevet, Shalom InstituteStephen Wise TempleTemple Adat Elohim, T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human RightsThe Jewish JournalThe Miracle ProjectThe New NormalThe Women’s Rabbinic NetworkUnion for Reform Judaism, USCJWhole Community Inclusion at Jewish Learning VentureYachad Los AngelesYeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School

This series is made possible by support from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles through a Cutting Edge Grant, The Diane & Guilford Glazer Philanthropies, The David Berg Foundation, the Stanford and Joan Alexander Foundation, Stanley & Joyce Black Family Foundation, and The Beverly Foundation.

Meet the Author

Eric Ascher
Eric Ascher

Eric Ascher is the Communications Associate for RespectAbility. He is responsible for supporting RespectAbility’s Communications Director in developing and implementing advocacy efforts and communications of various types. Ascher manages RespectAbility’s social media channels, website and emails; organizes and develops webinars; and supervises Communications Fellows.

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