Jewish Disability Awareness Month: From Awareness to Inclusion



February is an eventful month! In the last four days, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and signaled six more weeks of winter and the Seahawks beat the Broncos to win the Super Bowl.  In the next few weeks, we’ll watch the Olympics, celebrate Valentine’s Day, and make our Oscar predictions.  For me, and for the Religious Action Center, one of the best things about February is Jewish Disability Awareness Month (JDAM).

JDAM is an opportunity for the Jewish community across North America to come together to raise awareness and support efforts that foster inclusion in our communities.  And it’s an opportunity to remind ourselves that making sure that honor and implement Isaiah’s exhortation that God’s house “be called a house of prayer for all people” must be a priority not just for Jewish Disability Awareness Month, but every day of the year.

Throughout this month, we’ll be blogging about disability rights and how they are interwoven into everything we work on, from protecting Social Security, civil rights and criminal justice to environmental issues and veterans’ affairs.

Here’s a list of things to look forward to this month from the Reform Movement, and also how you can be involved!

 

 

  • Explore the Union for Reform Judaism’s Disabilities Page, which shares resources, articles, and more for congregational and individual use.  The URJ also recently announced a new partnership with the Ruderman Family Foundation to launch the Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Initiative which aims to improve attitudes about inclusion and disabilities among community leaders and clergy, Jewish professionals, organizational leaders, and congregants, and to ensure full inclusion and participation of people with disabilities and their families in every aspect of Reform Jewish life. 

 

 

 

It’s going to be a great month, and we’re so excited that Jewish Disability Awareness Month is here!

 

 

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Deborah Goldberg

About Deborah Goldberg

Deborah Goldberg is an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant. She graduated in 2013 from Washington University in St. Louis and is originally from Deerfield, IL where she is a member of Congregation B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim.

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