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Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) is back this February. Communities around the world will offer programming in an effort to make Jewish spaces more welcoming for all.

“Many of our Jewish traditions find their root in inclusivity,” said the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Director of Community Development Max Moline. “The teachings of Rabbi Hillel, a famous religious leader and scholar, indicate we are nothing if we are not a welcoming and inclusive community. That is why I am proud that the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia participates in JDAIM and supports organizations all year round that focus on inclusion, as a further illustration of this core Jewish value.”


In Greater Philadelphia, there will be several programs hosted by Jewish Learning Venture’s Whole Community Inclusion initiative and the Jewish Special Needs/Disability Awareness Consortium of Greater Philadelphia, which includes the Jewish Federation.


“The Jewish Federation’s support has allowed Jewish Learning Venture to make sure that jkidphilly programming is inclusive and accessible,” said Program Consultant Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer of the Jewish Learning Venture, an organization that receives year round funding from the Jewish Federation. “We are able to provide accommodations, such as ASL interpreters and social stories and visual schedules, for all programs as requested by families and provide training to our staff and parent ambassadors.”


Check out the full list below for ways to get involved both in-person and virtually throughout the month that celebrate and promote diversity and inclusion. 


JDAIM Shabbat
Friday, February 2 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel 

Welcome in Shabbat with Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel and Association for Adults with Developmental Disabilities (AADD) for the warmth of community and friendship Shabbat dinner and Shabbat Services. A festive oneg will follow services. To register, click here.


JDAIM Shabbat
Saturday, February 3 | 9:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 

Mekor Habracha 

Join Mekor Habracha, also known as the Center City Synagogue, for a Shabbat focused on disability awareness and inclusion. Rabbi Hirsch will give a sermon that relates to the theme of acceptance and welcoming. To register, click here.


JDAIM Shabbat
Saturday, February 3 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Darchei Noam

Join our inclusive service that will spotlight our sixth grade class who will be reading from the Torah and also leading parts of the service.To register, click here.

JDAIM Shabbat
Friday, February 16 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Main Line Reform Temple

All are welcome to our program, featuring a pianist and composer who will share his music and journey after a spinal cord injury changed the course of his life. To register, click here


Sensory-Friendly Sunday at the Weitzman
Sunday, February 18 | 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History

Get ready for a fun afternoon at the museum with jkidphilly! To make the event accessible for children with sensory sensitivity, the audio media at the museum will be turned to a low volume. Participants will enjoy a storytime, a kid-friendly gallery walk and a special craft activity. To register, click here


Disability Wisdom: A Conversation with Rabbi Julia Watts Belser
Wednesday, February 21 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Delve into disability politics that reimagines disability in the Bible and contemporary culture through a book talk and community conversation with Jewish Learning Venture’s Whole Community Inclusion initiative. The program will feature Rabbi Julia Watts Belser, who will share from her new book, “Loving Our Own Bones: Disability Wisdom and the Spiritual Subversiveness of Knowing Ourselves Whole.” To register, click here.


Jewish Disability Advocacy Day (JDAD)
Wednesday, February 28 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Jewish Federations, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies present the 14th Annual Jewish Disability Advocacy Day. Come together for a program of education, advocacy, empowerment, and impact and hear from elected officials, community members, and peers. To register, click here.


To learn more and find out about new JDAIM events, click here. The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia provides support to community members in Greater Philadelphia and the world. Help create a more inclusive community by clicking here.