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Jewish Inclusion Webinars

Starting with “Yes!”: Tips for Making Your Faith Institution More Inclusive of People with Disabilities

In honor of Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, join us for a free webinar to learn how to make your faith institutions more inclusive and accepting of people with disabilities.

February 27th
1:30pm Eastern Time / 12:30pm Central Time / 11:30am Mountain Time / 10:30am Pacific Time
Live Captioning Provided. Free of Charge.


Speaker: Shelley Richman Cohen
Did you know that religious institutions are exempt from parts of the Americans with Disabilities Act? Today, sections of faith communities are working hard to create access, opportunity and equality for people with disabilities inside our communities and institutions. We recognize that while each organization may be at a different stage of this journey, progressing towards full inclusion strengthens our entire community. Learn about best practices on how groups can make a difference!

Shelley Richman CohanSpeaker: Shelley Richman Cohen
Shelley Richman Cohen is the Founder and Director of The Jewish Inclusion Project, which develops and conducts Disability Inclusion Training Programs for Rabbinic Students and Jewish Leaders. She also has served as a coach and advisor to synagogues on increasing inclusivity. Cohen speaks nationally as an active advocate for the inclusion of children with disabilities in Jewish communal, educational and recreational environments. She serves on the boards of the Foundation for Jewish Camp and RespectAbility, as well as on the executive committee of the American board of Beit Issie Shapiro, an innovator of therapies and programming for children with developmental & physical disabilities in Ra’anana, Israel. She is a former board member of SAR High School in Riverdale, New York and is a current board member of Lincoln Square Synagogue.

WEBINAR: Disability Inclusion Planning Toolkit Workshop

Learn about The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Disability Inclusion Planning Toolkit, an interactive online tool that provides a roadmap to help all organizations advance inclusion of people with disabilities.

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Lisa Handelman, Community Disabilities Inclusion Specialist at The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Department of Jewish Life and Learning

Recognizing that we must be a welcoming and inclusive community for all by expanding the ways in which individuals are invited and encouraged to participate in Jewish life, Federation developed an Inclusion Planning Toolkit to help all organizations on their journey to full inclusion. The toolkit is designed to be used as a fluid, developmental guide to assist secular and non-secular organizations through every stage and area of the inclusion journey, ranging from attitudinal changes to physical accommodations. Made up of two components—the Discussion Guides to spark conversation, and the Self-Assessment Activities to generate a Customized Resource Package—the toolkit is intended to build a collaborative environment around the topic of inclusion. We recognize that while each organization may be at a different stage of this journey, progressing towards full inclusion strengthens our entire community.

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Mitzvah Menches

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Hear about the “Mitzvah Mensches” program at Boston’s Gateways: Access to Jewish Education. It’s an innovative and successful program that recruits, trains, and supports teens with and without disabilities to support worthy causes and make a difference in their communities!

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