eKI: February is Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance & Inclusion Month

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 1:25pm -- Clergy

I am proud to say, that we are part of the annual Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month. JDAIM is a unified national initiative to raise disability awareness AND support efforts to foster inclusion within the Jewish community. When Reform congregations observe Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month together in February, we join with other Jews across North America to make February a month to rededicate ourselves to creating a truly inclusive Jewish community.

Over the past year, The Inclusion Committee chaired by Ellen Sklaroff has given much thought as to how we at KI can be an inclusive congregation for those with physical, emotional and developmental differences. The Committee also considered the needs of other communities as well: LGBTQ+, young marrieds, widows and widowers, and the memory impaired to name a few. We have developed new programs: 1) for those whom these issues are significant and 2) to educate the KI community.

 

We invited students from Salus University to make an Ergonomic Study to assess the ways in which our building could be made more accessible.

 

We created a Needs Assessment Survey that we ask you to fill our so we can learn more your needs as members.

 

We created an Inclusion Fund (donate here) to help with building needs related to physical accommodations.

 

We created the first LGBTQ+ Shabbat Service.

 

We created our own mission statement that has been approved by the Board.

 

We created Special Shabbat services for JDAIM last February and this year we have invited the members of AADD to our HaMotzi Dinner on Sunday, February 17 (contact [email protected] to volunteer) and to Shabbat Dinner and Services on February 22, 2019.

 

We are presenting a film and talk on Caregivers and Dementia on Sunday, March 10, 2019

 

You can help us make a difference by cherishing our differences by helping us find  what each of us needs to be able to learn, pray, find friends, feel a sense of belonging, and contribute to the shaping and sustaining of community!

 

Cantor Amy E. Levy