Rabbi Lynne Landsberg

Register for Jewish Disability Advocacy Day!

On Thursday, February 6, 2014, for the fourth consecutive year, representatives from Jewish organizations and lay leadership from communities across the continent will come to Washington to learn about public policy issues impacting the disability community and then meet with their legislators and their staff to advocate on those issues.

This day of advocacy is held in conjunction with Jewish Disability Awareness Month, a unified initiative each February to raise awareness of disability issues and support efforts to foster inclusion in Jewish communities worldwide.  Advocacy is a key component of this effort, so we hope you will join us in Washington for this great opportunity.

We are currently developing the agenda for the day, including the issues on which we will be advocating, and more information will be provided both through e-mail and through this website as the agenda evolves.  Roughly, the day will begin with Kosher breakfast being served at 8:30am, followed by a morning of briefings with experts on disability policy issues and a “Lobbying 101” session that will help you use the information you have learned and the tools you will be provided (including one-pagers on the issues) to be effective advocates.  After those briefings and a Kosher lunch, we will attend meetings with key legislators and their staff until approximately 4:00pm.

Register Now
You can register for Jewish Disability Advocacy Day here.  Registration is $54, which covers a share of the cost of Kosher breakfast and lunch that will be provided for you at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, as well as printed materials.

Spread the Word

If you know of anyone whom you think would be interested in joining us, please share this announcement with them via email or social media! Be sure to tag @TheRAC and @JFederations on Twitter.

Need More Information or Assistance? 
For more information about the schedule of events or program, contact me, or Eisendrath Legislative Assistant for Disability Issues, Deborah Goldberg, at 202-387-2800.

If you will be traveling to Washington, DC from out of town to join us and would like assistance with making arrangements, please contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Deborah Goldberg or Allison Redisch at the Jewish Federation.

We look forward to seeing you in Washington for this important day of advocacy!

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Rabbi Lynne Landsberg

About Rabbi Lynne Landsberg

Rabbi Lynne Landsberg is the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s senior adviser on disability issues, co-chair of the Jewish Disability Network and co-chair of the Committee on Disability Awareness and Inclusion of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

3 Responses to “Register for Jewish Disability Advocacy Day!”

  1. I would like to underscore Zara Jaffe’s plea. The hearing loop allows those using hearing aid or with a cochlear implant to hear events directly through their aids.

  2. Zena Sulkes, Ph.d., RJE Reply January 5, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    As a physically challenged senior citizen, I would like to call your attention to the fact that holding a Disability Advocacy Day in February is an oxymoron. The weather is a deterrent to many people whose physical limitations are made more difficult by potentially very difficult weather.

  3. I am 88 years old and I would remind you that the majority of disabilities ARE NOT VISIBLE…and the most commonplace is loss of hearing.
    5 years ago I did extensive research on the hearing loop, made a detailed presentation to the Board of Truteesof my synagogue, Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo CA. Less than a year later, hearing loops were installed in the sanctuary and adjoining Fellowship Hall to the delight of innumerable members who were able to HEAR the High Holy Day services for the first time in years. I wrote to URJ four times about the hearing loop…no-one bothered to reply. If you are truly concerned about the handicapped…then include ALL the handicapped.

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