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It’s important that all people, regardless of their disabilities, are included in Jewish services. As events are beginning to happen in-person again, it is crucial that synagogues accommodate all members and their needs. They range from physically accessible spaces for those who have mobility challenges, to those who are hard of hearing or deaf and require captioning or an interpreter. Below are resources for synagogues to use to ensure that all members’ needs are met:

Daily or weekly prayer services:

  • Language and Intent, Part 3 of 3: The Quiet Power of Inclusive Language: As Moriah Benjoseph suggests in the work, “Please Rise… but What If I Can’t Stand During Prayer?” when calling people to prayer, instead of simply saying, “please rise,” say “please rise if you are able.” Some of your congregants may not be able to stand due to disability, fatigue, and/or pain. You want to include everyone in your call to worship.

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