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Free Virtual Disability Access and Inclusion Training Series for Jewish Organizations

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. Each of the training sessions will take place at 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT.

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All sessions include American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, captions and will be screen reader accessible. Additional accommodations required to participate may be requested by emailing

June 23 – “Inclusion is a Jewish Value”

If you are in the nonprofit sector, you live your values in your work every day. For many of us, those values spring deeply from our Jewish identity. We all know that the Torah calls upon us to be just, and to be charitable, but did you know that it also calls upon us to be inclusive? Join us for yet another connection between your work and your values, as you learn about how the inclusion that you already believe in as deeply Jewish roots.

Confirmed Panelists Include:

Rabbi Lauren Tuchman
Shelley Cohen – RespectAbility Board Member Secretary and Co-Founder and Founder and Director of The Jewish Inclusion Project

June 30 – “How to Advance Disability Inclusion in Jewish Education”

From Jewish day school to Sunday school to beyond, Jewish education is a hallmark of Jewish identity. Come learn from a group of amazing panelists, who will share amazing work that the Jewish world is doing and ideas that you can replicate in order to ensure the Jews with disabilities have access to this treasured legacy, online and off.

Confirmed Panelists Include:
Lianne Heller – Sulam
Meredith Polsky – Matan

July 7 – “How to Ensure Accessible Events: Both Live and Virtual Across All Platforms”

Making your event accessible is easier than you think. This session will give you a simple accessibility checklist,  as well as the processes and confidence that you need to make all of your events accessible, both virtual, and in person!

Confirmed Panelists Include:
Dori Kirshner – Matan
Rebecca Wanatick – Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ

July 14 – “How to Recruit, Accommodate and Promote Jewish Leaders with Disabilities for Paid Employment and Volunteer Leadership”

From Itzhak Pearlman to Marlee Matlin, we all know that there are tremendously talented Jews with disabilities, and that they can make our organizations stronger in all aspects of our mission, including inclusion. Come to this webinar if you want to learn how to attract amazing Jews with disabilities to your volunteer team, your boards, and maybe even your staff!

Confirmed Panelists Include:
Vivian Bass – RespectAbility Board Member Executive Committee and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Jewish Women International (JWI)

July 21 – “How to Ensure a Welcoming Lexicon, Accessible Websites and Social Media and Inclusive Photos”

Today’s website is the front lobby of an organization, and social media is fast supplanting the more traditional ways that our organizations connect with the public. We can’t help you decorate your lobby, but we can make sure that it is warm and welcoming for Jews of all kinds, including Jews with disabilities. Come learn from our dynamic and expert team everything you need to know to open your digital door to all!

Confirmed Panelists Include:
Tatiana Lee – Hollywood Inclusion Associate at RespectAbility

August 4 – “How to Create and Implement Successful Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Initiatives – Best Practices and Must-Haves”

Join us as we share how to take your deep commitment to DEI and make it a reality. Learn from some truly successful leaders as they share the secret of their DEI success.

Confirmed Panelists Include:
Linda Burger – RespectAbility Board of Directors Treasurer and Jewish Family Services Houston

August 11 – “How to Ensure Legal Rights and Compliance Obligations”

While our main focus is on doing inclusion right, at some point your organization may need to know little bit about its legal rights and obligations. This session will cover those topics, including the special sensitivities and limitations applying to religious organizations.

Confirmed Panelists Include:
Matan Koch – Director of RespectAbility California and Jewish Leadership

Additional Invited Speakers

  • Lee Chernotsky – ROSIE’S Foundation
  • Chai Feldblum – Former EEOC Commissioner, Morgan Lewis
  • Lori Golden – Ernst & Young LLP
  • Aaron Kaufman – Jewish Federations of North America
  • Allison Kleinman – Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan
  • Debbie Knider – Hidden Sparks
  • Yitzhak Perlman – World Famous Violinist
  • Sharon Rosenblatt – Access Partners
  • Michael Stein – Professor and Executive Director of Harvard Law School Project on Disability
  • Shoshannah Stern – Actress and Producer


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 Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, The David Berg Foundation, the Stanford and Joan Alexander Foundation, Stanley & Joyce Black Family Foundation, and The Beverly Foundation.

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