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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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
45 Independence Ave SW, Washington DC 20515
Jewish Disability Advocacy Day Early Bird Registration, which will last until November 15, is $72 and includes a kosher breakfast (beginning at 8:30 am) and lunch. Registration fees will increase to $100 thereafter. Registration will close on January 12, 2018. JDAD is brought to you by organizations participating in the Jewish Disability Network (which is chaired by The Jewish Federations of North America and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism) and other supporting organizations. ...
Listed In:  Families, Special Needs, DC, Advocacy, Politics
Event Cost:  more than $50; $100

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sulam Inc.
13300 Arctic Avenue, Rockville MD 20853
Sulam Fundraising Bowl-a-thon.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Special Needs, Maryland, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Social Events
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1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Jewish Life and Learning)
6101 Executive Blvd., North Bethesda MD 20852
Join The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, in partnership with the Montgomery County Transition Work Group, as we host a resource fair for young adults with disabilities and their families. Learn about social, recreational, vocational, employment, housing and financial resources and opportunities from more than 35 organizations in our community. This event is free and open to adults, young adults and high school students ages 14 and up.
Listed In:  Families, Special Needs, Maryland, Leadership Development, Advocacy, Career/Employment, Fair/Expo, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, Networking
Event Cost:  Free; Free

7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Sunflower Bakery
6125 Montrose Road, rockville MD 20852
This is our annual Appreciation and Graduation event. We are under the Vaad so all food will be kosher. Accommodations available upon request.
Listed In:  College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Special Needs, Maryland, Fundraising/Philanthropy
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May 8 - May 18
Multiple times available
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Join the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center for our second-ever trip to Israel, a trip designed specifically for individuals with disabilities focused for individuals with cognitive disabilities. Together on this 10-day journey, we will explore Israel’s history, spectacular cities, dynamic people, vibrant art and culture, world-class scientific and medical achievements, and natural beauty. The group will be accompanied by the EDCJCC’s Director of Inclusion and Disability Programming and an add...
Listed In:  Special Needs, Israel, Travel
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6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sulam Inc.
13300 Arctic Avenue, Rockville MD 20853
Sulam Annual Gala
Listed In:  Special Needs, Fundraising/Philanthropy
Event Cost:  

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
The Dinner of Champions is the primary source of funding for Camp JCC's special needs and inclusion program.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, Fundraising/Philanthropy
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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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