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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6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
11510 Falls Rd, Potomac MD 20854
JFGH Annual Meeting This year's annual meeting will give the community an opportunity to meet our new CEO, David Ervin. Refreshments will be provided. Dietary laws observed.
Listed In:  Special Needs, Maryland, Board/Executive Commitee, Social Events
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5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
5301 Tuckerman Ln, North Bethesda MD 20852
Save the date for the 36th Annual JFGH Gala! This is always an evening to remember, and we invite you to share the date with your friends. Details to follow; dietary laws observed.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, Arts & Culture, Fundraising/Philanthropy
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5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (The Network of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington)
1000 H St NW, Washington DC 20001
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Couples, Families, GLBT, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, Special Needs, Women & Girls, Early Childhood Educators, DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Havurot/Minyanim, Humanist, Non-denominational, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Reform, Adult Education, Children/Teens/Family, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Networking, Social Events
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7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Sunflower Bakery
Kemp Mill, Silver Spring MD 20902
Our annual appreciation and graduation celebration for our Pastry Arts and Cafe Sunflower Employment Training Graduates. We also recognize our unsung heroes in the community.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Special Needs, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; $54 per person


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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