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.

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Upcoming Events
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Fri
Feb
  23
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Temple Beth Ami
14330 Travilah Road, Rockville MD 20850
Please join us at 7:30 pm for Erev Shabbat Services, with remarks from special guest speaker, Liz Weintraub. Liz has a long history of leadership in self-advocacy and has held many board and advisory positions at state and national organizations. Her work focuses on improving quality of life for people with disabilities. All are invited to an Oneg Shabbat following services.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, Reform, Advocacy, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
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Sat
Feb
  24
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation
6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
Members of the Inclusion Committee and individuals with special needs participate in the Shabbat morning service. Our guest speaker will be Lt. Col. (Res.) Tiran Attia, Director of Special in Uniform, an innovative program sponsored by Jewish National Fund that aims to integrate young people with autism and other disabilities into the IDF. After their service, Special in Uniform helps usher its graduates toward a self-sufficient life, through employment or other meaningful societal involvement. ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Special Needs, Maryland, Conservative, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
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Sat
Feb
  24
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
 
Tikvat Israel Congregation
2200 Baltimore Road, Rockville MD 20851
February is known as Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). Our Inclusion Shabbat will feature “Connecting Cultures” founder Lobna (Luby) Ismail (right) will present thought-provoking ideas connecting her Muslim-American identity and culture alongside living with multiple sclerosis.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
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Sat
Feb
  24
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County (Congregation Beth El Preschool)
8215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda MD 20814
Celebrate Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) at Congregation Beth El with a special multisensory Havdalah followed by a guest speaker from the Israel Defense Forces Special in Uniform Program, which helps integrate young Israelis with disabilities into the IDF. Families and individuals of all abilities will be able to participate in and enjoy this beautiful prayer experience and moving presentation. Delicious treats will be served. Sponsored by the B’ruchim Habaim and Am Is...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Special Needs, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Advocacy, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Israel, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sun
Feb
  25
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation (B'nai Israel Congregation Adult Education)
6301 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Join Lt. Col. (Res.) Tiran Attia following morning minyan for brunch. He is the Director of Special in Uniform, a program which integrates young people with autism and other disabilities into the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), and in turn into Israeli society. It focuses on the unique talents of each individual participant to help find a job within the IDF that is a perfect fit, based on the belief that everyone belongs and has the right to reach his or her full potential. Special in Uniform focus...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, Advocacy, History/Education, Israel
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Sun
Feb
  25
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
 
Beth El Hebrew Congregation (Beth El Inclusion)
3830 Seminary Road, Alexandria VA 22304
Beth El Hebrew Congregation is proud to present the acclaimed film "The Finishers" on Sunday, February 25th at 4 pm in a sneak-peek preview event for the 2018 ReelAbilities Film Festival of Northern Virginia, which is powered by the Jewish Community Center of Northern VA. Julien is a wheelchair-bound teenager whose family is gradually falling apart under the strain of his disability. He is the apple of his mother's eye, yet he yearns for the approval of his bitter father, Paul, a former athlete....
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Northern Virginia, Adult Education, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Parenting
Event Cost:  Free; Free; RSVP required

 
 
Sun
Feb
  25
7:30 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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Tue
Feb
  27
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
 
RespectAbilityUSA
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In honor of Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, join us for a free webinar to learn how to make your faith institutions more inclusive and accepting of people with disabilities. February 27th 1:30pm Eastern Time / 12:30pm Central Time / 11:30am Mountain Time / 10:30am Pacific Time Live Captioning Provided. Free of Charge. Did you know that religious institutions are exempt from parts of the Americans with Disabilities Act? Today, sections of faith communities are working hard to c...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Interfaith, Special Needs, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Advocacy
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Tue
Feb
  27
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Congregation Har Shalom
11510 Falls Road, Potomac MD 20854
Congregation Har Shalom, in partnership with RespectAbility, is proud to present the acclaimed film “Spectrum: A Story of the Mind” in a sneak-peek preview event for the 2018 ReelAbilities Film Festival of Northern Virginia, which is organized by the Jewish Community Center of Northern VA. “Spectrum” made its world premiere at the United Nations General Assembly and won the CINE Golden Eagle Award for Best Documentary Short. The film explores the inner sensory experience of autism. While autism...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, Conservative, Advocacy, Arts & Culture
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Sun
Mar
  4
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (PJ Library in Greater Washington)
3935 Macomb St NW, Washington DC 20016
We will minimize the noise and other sensory input, but maximize the fun! Join us for crafts, an interactive reading of the Purim story (megillah), a mitzvah (good deed) project and treats to take home. Costumes encouraged but not required. Please pre-register as space is limited. Best for Kindergarten-Grade 4 FAQs about Sensory-Friendly Purim: https://www.jconnect.org/Home/Families/PJ-Library/PJ-Library-Blog/Sensory-Friendly-Purim-2018-Got-Questions-Get-Answers-Here?EntryId=10&tabid=405 Si...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Special Needs, DC, Non-denominational, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5 per family, plus bring a canned good to donate

 
 
Sun
Mar
  4
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
Capital Camps & Retreat Center (Capital Camps )
12750 Buchanan Trail East, Waynesboro PA 17268
Join us at camp and see the magic up close! These walking tours lead by our Camp Team, include plenty of opportunities to ask questions and soak in the atmosphere. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Register online at https://capitalcamps.org/tours/?t=new.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Special Needs, Teens, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting
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Sun
Mar
  4
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
Twelve-year-old Itamar has a deep passion for ice skating. However, he is losing his hearing, and therefore his balance, forcing him away from his dream. Itamar refuses to stay away from the ice rink. Natalie, his new partner, who is a wild and disobedient girl, decides to help him. Together they struggle and grow within a complicated world of adolescence. Dorit Hakim | Israel | Hebrew | 45min. | 2012 Doors open at 7:00 PM, the film begins at 7:30. $5.00 per adult (18 years and over.) Children...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Arts & Culture, Community-Wide/Festivals, Israel
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5

 
 
Wed
Mar
  7
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
6125 Montrose Rd,, Rockville MD 20852
MC Live! A Special Evening of Comedy benefits local Jewish organizations who support individuals with disabilities. For age 21-40, MC Live! will kick-off with a reception followed by an evening of laughs! Dietary laws observed.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Couples, Singles, Special Needs, Maryland, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Social Events
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Mar 10 - Mar 18
Multiple times available
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia- Cultural Arts Department)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
Saturday, March 10–Sunday, March 18 Information and tickets: jccnv.org/reelabilities The JCCNV Cultural Arts Department is proud to present the 6th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival: Northern Virginia in September 2018. ReelAbilities is the only film festival of its kind in the nation dedicated to screening films representing the lives, stories, and extraordinary abilities of persons who are differently-abled. Many of the films are directed by differently-abled filmmakers. The J is proud to be ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; Varies

 
 
Fri
Mar
  16
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia- Cultural Arts Department)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
Author Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, "The Little Gate Crasher and other tidbits" As director of “Whole Community Inclusion” at Jewish Learning Venture, Gabrielle leads disability awareness training across the Philadelphia Jewish Community. Gabrielle will share stories from her life in the disability and inclusion community as well as stories from her most recent book, "The Little Gate Crasher," a memoir of her truly extraordinary Great Uncle, Mace Bugen who, at 43 inches tall, learned to effectively ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Special Needs, Northern Virginia, Advocacy, Arts & Culture
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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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