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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Thu
Sep
  21
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation
6301 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Recommended for Children Ages 5 and Under with an Adult Renee Brachfeld, our talented leader, combines singing, storytelling, movement and the sounds of the shofar to create an enjoyable holiday experience for families with young children. Following the hour-long service, participants are invited for light refreshments and a short art project. This service ends in time for those who have seats in one of our traditional services to hear the sermon and participate in Musaf. Register online at www...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Special Needs, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  more than $50; $40 per family for one service, $100 for all three

 
 
Fri
Sep
  22
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation
6301 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Recommended for Children Ages 5 and Under with an Adult Renee Brachfeld, our talented leader, combines singing, storytelling, movement and the sounds of the shofar to create an enjoyable holiday experience for families with young children. Following the hour-long service, participants are invited for light refreshments and a short art project. This service ends in time for those who have seats in one of our traditional services to hear the sermon and participate in Musaf. Register online at www...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Special Needs, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  more than $50; $40 per family for one service, $100 for all three

 
 
Fri
Sep
  22
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim (Congregation Har Tzeon Agudath Achim)
1840 University Blvd West, Silver Spring MD 20902
Join youth and families, as well as those with disabilities and their families to come together for a wonderful sensorial Jewish experience. Listen to the shofar, eat the apples dipped in honey, smell the sweet new year and touch the Torah with your gentle fingertips. For more information on this event, visit htaa.org or email Adrienne@htaa.org
Listed In:  Families, Special Needs, Maryland, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $18/person

 
 
Mon
Sep
  25
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Join us for our monthly night out at Bowlmor in Bethesda– work on your bowling skills and enjoy a snack with friends. Individuals who need support are welcome to bring a friend who will provide support during the program. Suitable for ages 16 and up. We will meet you at Bowlmor in Bethesda.
Listed In:  Special Needs, Maryland, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Sep
  30
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington DC 20016
Through songs, brief prayers, and stories, our clergy and song leaders create a special, warm community worship experience, one-half hour in length, for our youngest congregants and their families. For more information about how to attend High Holy Day services at Washington Hebrew Congregation, contact us at seatingoffice@whctemple.org or 202-362-7100.
Listed In:  Families, Special Needs, DC, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Sep
  30
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation
6301 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Recommended for Children Ages 5 and Under with an Adult Renee Brachfeld, our talented leader, combines singing, storytelling, movement and the sounds of the shofar to create an enjoyable holiday experience for families with young children. Following the hour-long service, participants are invited for light refreshments and a short art project. This service ends in time for those who have seats in one of our traditional services to hear the sermon and participate in Musaf. Register online at www...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Special Needs, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  more than $50; $40 per family for one service, $100 for all three

 
 
Sat
Sep
  30
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington DC 20016
Through songs, brief prayers, and stories, our clergy and song leaders create a special, warm community worship experience, one-half hour in length, for our youngest congregants and their families. For more information about how to attend High Holy Day services at Washington Hebrew Congregation, contact us at seatingoffice@whctemple.org or 202-362-7100.
Listed In:  Families, Special Needs, DC, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Oct
  10
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
This educational forum will give registrants an opportunity to learn more about services for individuals with disabilities.
Listed In:  Families, Special Needs, Maryland, Advocacy
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Oct
  10
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington DC 20036
The EDCJCC’s Inclusion Program is excited to continue our cooking series into the fall season! This series will include Autumn soups, homemade Halloween treats, and some of our favorite holiday dishes. Whether it is your first time cooking or you are seasoned in the kitchen, come join us and create some delicious dishes.
Listed In:  Special Needs, DC, Culinary
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $35

 
 
Sat
Oct
  14
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 
JSSA (JSSA Special Needs and Deaf Services)
N. Campus Drive, Rockville MD 20850
All in one place! For those with disabilities and their families. State agencies, non-profits and service providers. Learn about Job coaching, benefits, recreation & gain greater independence. JSSA will be there to answer any questions about their programs.
Listed In:  College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Special Needs, Maryland, Career/Employment, Networking
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Oct
  14
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Join us for our adapted swim class this fall. Enhance your current swim skills, through independent skill focus in a small instructional setting. We want you to be comfortable in the water, enhance your current swim skills, independent instruction with an instructor, and develop relationships with others in the class. The pool is handicap accessible. All abilities welcome. Individuals who need support are welcome to bring a friend who will provide support during the program. This will be a 6 w...
Listed In:  Special Needs, DC, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  more than $50; $125 for 6 week session

 
 
Wed
Oct
  18
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Join us for game night at the EDCJCC. we can't wait for this one! Come and join us for a night of friends, fun, and food. We'll play rounds of checkers, chess, poker, and more. All are welcome; just bring a smile and your best competitive spirit. Got another game you want to play? Bring that along too! This is part of the EDCJCC Inclusion programming. All abilities welcome. Individuals who need support are welcome to bring a friend who will provide support during the program.
Listed In:  Special Needs, DC, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Oct
  24
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
JSSA (JSSA Specialized Employment)
6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda MD 20814
Transition Information for Parents & Students The meeting will include presentations from: • The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) • The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) • A Parent of a young adult in traditional services with DDA JSSA will be there to answer questions about their programs.
Listed In:  College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Special Needs, Maryland, Career/Employment, Counseling/Support, Networking
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Oct
  26
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Join us for our monthly night out at Bowlmor in Bethesda– work on your bowling skills and enjoy a snack with friends. Individuals who need support are welcome to bring a friend who will provide support during the program. Suitable for ages 16 and up.
Listed In:  Special Needs, DC, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Nov
  2
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda MD 20852
JFGH 34th Annual Gala featuring Emmy Award Winner Rachel Platten! Dietary laws observed.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Couples, Families, GLBT, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, Special Needs, Women & Girls, Teens, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Advocacy, Social Events
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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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