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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Thu
Jan
  10
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Jewish Life and Learning)
6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville MD 20852
Join the Disability Inclusion Network to inspire culture change and advance inclusion. Four times a year this open to the public network will get together to hear a speaker, discuss important topics, learn about current legislation and share updates about disability inclusion efforts throughout the DMV. For more information contact Lisa Handelman as Lisa.Handelman@shalomdc.org
Listed In:  Special Needs, Maryland, Committee Meetings
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sun
Mar
  3
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
ReelAbilities is the largest film festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. Initiated in NY in 2007, the festival presents award winning films by and about people with disabilities. ReelAbilities events have been held in over a dozen cities in North America and Canada. The Northern Virginia ReelAbilities Film Festival, powered by the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, la...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Social Events
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Sun
Mar
  10
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 
Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
20356 Commonwealth Center Dr, Asburn VA 20147
Dietary laws will be observed. Topgolf is a global sports entertainment community creating the best times of your life. With golf balls that score themselves and exciting games for all ages and skill levels, Topgolf is the ultimate venue for fun. Topgolf Loudoun also features climate-controlled hitting bays, music and an impressive food andbeverage menu. One of the Topgolf Core Values is Caring, and Topgolf is committed to giving back to its local communities through fundraising support, ass...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Special Needs, Northern Virginia, Fitness & Wellness, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Social Events
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Sat
Mar
  16
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
ReelAbilities is the largest film festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. Initiated in NY in 2007, the festival presents award winning films by and about people with disabilities. ReelAbilities events have been held in over a dozen cities in North America and Canada. The Northern Virginia ReelAbilities Film Festival, powered by the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, la...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Social Events
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Sun
Mar
  31
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Jewish Life and Learning)
6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville 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:  20’s-30’s-40’s, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Special Needs, Teens, Maryland, Advocacy, Career/Employment, Counseling/Support, Fair/Expo, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, Networking
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Wed
May
  1
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (Jewish Life and Learning)
6101 Executive Blvd., Rockville MD 20852
Join the Disability Inclusion Network to inspire culture change and advance inclusion. Four times a year this open to the public network will get together to hear a speaker, discuss important topics, learn about current legislation and share updates about disability inclusion efforts throughout the DMV. For more information contact Lisa Handelman as Lisa.Handelman@shalomdc.org
Listed In:  Special Needs, Maryland, Committee Meetings
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sun
May
  19
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Sunflower Bakery
1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring MD 20910
Sunflower Bakery Appreciation & Graduation event
Listed In:  College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Special Needs, Maryland, Adult Education, Career/Employment
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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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