Disability Inclusion


An inclusive community is a stronger community.  We are working to reduce barriers to participation at all events and invite you to search for programs based on your areas of interest on the full calendar; click on “View All Events”.  Please note that you can also search for events which are physically accessible, metro accessible or provide support individuals who are deaf or hearing impaired.

The calendar listings below include events especially designed for people with disabilities. When we live up to ideals that Judaism values – belief in the collective while mutually respecting individual diversity—we are a stronger community. Jews with disabilities and their families have needs that are universal to all families and should be included in all aspects of the Jewish communal life.  To advance this ideal of disability inclusion requires the active involvement of those already involved and those outside the disability community. Please contact our Community Disability Inclusion Specialist, Lisa Handelman at Lisa.Handelman@shalomdc.org with any questions or suggestions.

Upcoming Events

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Fri
Mar
  31
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Jewish Life and Learning)
6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville MD 20852
Learn how to utilize the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s New Disability Inclusion Planning Tool Workshop to raise consciousness, spark conversation and advance inclusion of individuals with disabilities. *The same workshop will be provided both days; feel free to join us either time.* Refreshments and snacks will be provided for guests. Kosher laws observed.
Listed In:  Special Needs, Maryland, Adult Education, Advocacy
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Mon
Apr
  3
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Dreams For Kids DC and the EDCJCC are teaming up to create a mentorship program that will provide communication, leadership, and vocational skill building for young adults with developmental delays and/or physical disabilities in the DC area. Mentors will be recruited from among both DFKDC and EDCJCC’s constituencies. The program will offer participants skill-building workshops on topics such as resume development, interviewing, and formal e-mail communication as well as off-site activities. Ple...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Special Needs, DC, Professional Development, Career/Employment, Networking, Professional Development
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sat
Apr
  22
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
During her 25-year career as a preschool music and movement teacher, Carol observed many children with Sensory Process Disorder (SPD) and mild autism. The author of several books, she is now regarded as an international expert on SPD. She earned her M.A. in Education and Human Development from George Washington University. Carol will lead a presentation after the oneg. Open to the entire community.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Adult Education, Advocacy, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sat
Apr
  22
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
During her 25-year career as a preschool music and movement teacher, Carol Kranowitz observed many children with Sensory Process Disorder (SPD) and mild autism. The author of several books, she is now regarded as an international expert on SPD. She earned her M.A. in Education and Human Development from George Washington University. Carol will lead a presentation after the oneg. Presented by Adat Shalom’s Inclusion Advisory Group.
Listed In:  Boomers, Families, Special Needs, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Adult Education, Fitness & Wellness, Parenting
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sat
Apr
  22
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Dreams For Kids DC and the EDCJCC are teaming up to create a mentorship program that will provide communication, leadership, and vocational skill building for young adults with developmental delays and/or physical disabilities in the DC area. Mentors will be recruited from among both DFKDC and EDCJCC’s constituencies. The program will offer participants skill-building workshops on topics such as resume development, interviewing, and formal e-mail communication as well as off-site activities. Ple...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Special Needs, DC, Professional Development, Career/Employment, Networking, Professional Development
Event Cost:  
 
 
Wed
Apr
  26
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
AMIT (Amit)
Silver Spring, Silver Spring MD 20902
Jewish Rescuers In The Holocaust with Judith Cohen, Chief Acquisitions Curator with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Dessert Will Be Served More info: Contact Robbie Pearlstein at 410-484-2223 or robbiep@amitchildren.org
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Couples, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, Special Needs, Women & Girls, DC, Maryland, Conservative, Havurot/Minyanim, Humanist, Non-denominational, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Reform, Fundraising/Philanthropy, History/Education, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; TBA
 
 
Sun
Apr
  30
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Jewish Life and Learning)
6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville MD 20852
Join us to learn about Social, Recreational, Vocational and Employment, Housing and Financial Resources in our community.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, Special Needs, Maryland, Advocacy, Fair/Expo, Parenting
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sun
May
  7
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Dreams For Kids DC and the EDCJCC are teaming up to create a mentorship program that will provide communication, leadership, and vocational skill building for young adults with developmental delays and/or physical disabilities in the DC area. Mentors will be recruited from among both DFKDC and EDCJCC’s constituencies. The program will offer participants skill-building workshops on topics such as resume development, interviewing, and formal e-mail communication as well as off-site activities. Ple...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Special Needs, DC, Professional Development, Career/Employment, Networking, Professional Development
Event Cost:  
 
 
Mon
May
  8
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Jewish Life and Learning)
6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville MD 20852
Learn how to utilize the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s New Disability Inclusion Planning Tool Workshop to raise consciousness, spark conversation and advance inclusion of individuals with disabilities. *The same workshop will be provided both days; feel free to join us either time.* Refreshments and snacks will be provided for guests. Kosher laws observed.
Listed In:  Special Needs, Maryland, Adult Education, Advocacy
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Fri
May
  26
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim (Congregation Har Tzeon Agudath Achim)
1840 University Blvd West, Silver Spring MD 20902
A tish is a yiddush word for table. It may consist of words on Torah, singing of melodies and zemirot, with refreshments! Join us at HTAA for Kabbalat Shabbat, smiles and uplifting song all year long!
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sun
Jun
  4
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Dreams For Kids DC and the EDCJCC are teaming up to create a mentorship program that will provide communication, leadership, and vocational skill building for young adults with developmental delays and/or physical disabilities in the DC area. Mentors will be recruited from among both DFKDC and EDCJCC’s constituencies. The program will offer participants skill-building workshops on topics such as resume development, interviewing, and formal e-mail communication as well as off-site activities. Ple...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Special Needs, DC, Professional Development, Career/Employment, Networking, Professional Development
Event Cost:  
 
 
Jun 11 - Jun 12
Multiple times available
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Dreams For Kids DC and the EDCJCC are teaming up to create a mentorship program that will provide communication, leadership, and vocational skill building for young adults with developmental delays and/or physical disabilities in the DC area. Mentors will be recruited from among both DFKDC and EDCJCC’s constituencies. The program will offer participants skill-building workshops on topics such as resume development, interviewing, and formal e-mail communication as well as off-site activities. Ple...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Special Needs, DC, Professional Development, Career/Employment, Networking, Professional Development
Event Cost:  
 

The Jewish Foundation for Group Homes is a non-sectarian, agency dedicated to enhancing the independence, dignity, choice, and community inclusion of adults with disabilities.

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Sulam, Inc., was founded to address the educational needs of Jewish students with learning differences within a nurturing Jewish day school setting.

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Friendship Circle is an innovative program designed to foster enduring and meaningful friendships between spirited teen volunteers and children with special needs.

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Sunflower Bakery, a non-profit certified kosher pareve bakery, prepares individuals with developmental or other cognitive disabilities through skilled, on-the-job training for employment in pastry, baking or related industries. Café Sunflower & Bakery has recently opened in the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Building, 6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville, MD 20852.

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