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Jewish and Faith Inclusion Resources

When the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed 27 years ago, it exempted faith-based organizations. Thus, many such organizations do have not yet have the attitudes, physical facilities or training they need to appropriately welcome people of all abilities. Given the very important role that faith and faith-based organizations play in America, RespectAbility is working for full inclusion in all faith groups. However, it has started its faith-based inclusion work with a focus on the Jewish community and institutions. As model practices are established, we will work broadly across faiths to share best practices.

RespectAbility understands that the Jewish community, like all communities, is stronger when it lives up to its values – when it is welcoming, diverse, moral, and respects each other. We want children, parents, grandparents, friends, and other family members with disabilities to be able to fully participate in their communities. We know that many people with disabilities are having a challenging time gaining access to our agencies, synagogues and community.

A Slingshot-recognized organization, RespectAbility is on the front lines – working to ensure that everyone knows that his or her presence and participation is welcomed and meaningful. Below are free resources for all who care about inclusion and equal opportunity.

National Disability Speakers Bureau: Jewish Division

The Jewish world is becoming steadily more aware of, and eager for, contributions of people with disabilities. As such, speakers featured in our Jewish Division of RespectAbility’s growing National Disability Speakers Bureau are available to speak virtually (for the time being) at Jewish conferences, synagogues and organizations.

Jewish Disability Perspectives

Jewish Disability Perspectives lifts up and amplifies the great work of Jews with and without disabilities serving the disability community throughout the U.S. and Israel. RespectAbility is honored to share these critical missions through our weekly newsletter and online. Do you want to subscribe or do you have something for us? Please reach out to Joshua Steinberg at JoshuaS@RespectAbility.org.

Disability Access and Inclusion Training Series for Jewish Organizations and Activists

Six Jews with and without disabilities smile together in a large conference room. Text: Disability Access and Inclusion Training Series for Jewish Organizations and Activists RespectAbility.org/Jewish-Events #JewishInclusionJewish organizations, leaders and activists were invited to a free online training series so they could learn how to welcome, respect and include people with disabilities from all backgrounds in the important work that they do. All sessions included American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters and captions, and were screen reader accessible.

Opening Your Virtual Gates: Making Online High Holiday Celebrations Accessible to All

Cover of RespectAbility Opening Your Virtual Gates high holiday online toolkit, featuring four separate photos of jews with disabilities smiling and names of authors and partnersDownload the PDF or accessible Word document or view each section of the toolkit by following the links below:

More Free Resources: Jewish Inclusion Toolkit

Polls on Jewish Inclusion

Education and Children

Israel

Holidays

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General Inclusion

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