Jewish Disability Awareness Month Spotlight

We’re excited to share the following press release, which recaps a Jewish Disability Awareness Month event that was held on February 8 at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, NY. Even though Jewish Disability Awareness Month 2012 has come to an end, our work does not stop: Visit the RAC’s disability rights page to learn more about this issue and what you can do every day, all year, to make your communities more inclusive and accessible.

The full press release appears below.


UJA-Federation of New York Grant and Westchester Reform Temple
Supported A Concert during
Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month

FLAME, a group from upstate New York made up of 10 people with developmental/physical disabilities — including autism, Down’s syndrome, and blindness — performed for a teen audience at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, to inspire teens and change the way they view those with disabilities during Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month.

FLAME, a band from Lexington Center, Fulton County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc., wants to change the world through music. They are a phenomenon that inspires people and changes the way the general public view people with disabilities. People of all ages and backgrounds connect with this special rock band, especially those who have a disability.  They have captured the world’s attention and have been featured in “People” magazine and ABC TV’s “Good Morning America.”

The concert was sponsored by Building Communities One Lecture at a Time — a collaborative effort of eight synagogues and agencies to build awareness and provide education about special needs — and Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, through a grant by UJA-Federation of New York’s Westchester Program Services.

Samantha Reich, 16, Westchester Reform Temple:
Listening and watching the Flame concert helped me realize that people can do anything they set their minds to no matter what physical or mental handicaps they may have. Their inspiring performance allowed me and other people around to be part of something that is special and unique. It helped many people realize that just because a person has handicaps doesn’t mean they should stop perusing their dreams and goals. Everybody has the right to express themselves in any way they choose and the Flame band members are living proof that anything can be accomplished if you set your mind to it.

Photo and press release courtesy of Building Communities One Lecture at a Time.

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Deborah Swerdlow

About Deborah Swerdlow

Deborah is the Religious Action Center's Program Associate. She was a 2010-2011 Eisendrath Legislative Assistant

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