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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Tue
Oct
  16
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
CORE Foundations at Kennedy Krieger Institute
13313 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring MD 20904
In partnership with KEEN Greater DC-Baltimore- whose mission is to empower youth with disabilities by providing free, non-competitive one-to-one programs of exercise, fitness and fun, led by volunteer coaches, we will be offering a yoga class for all abilities on the first and third Tuesday of each month starting in October.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Special Needs, Maryland, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sun
Oct
  28
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
Panel Discussion: Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities All stakeholders and community members are invited to a panel discussion highlighting the benefits for business owners and employees of hiring people of all abilities. Confirmed panelists include: --Sarah Jacobs, TRS Member, Women of TRS Board Member, Social Action and Inclusion Committee Member --Tia Marsili, Director of Trusts, The Arc of Northern Virginia --Elizabeth McDonald, TRS Member, Trial Attorney in the Disabili...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Special Needs, Northern Virginia, Reform, Advocacy, Career/Employment
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Oct
  30
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda MD 20852
JFGH 35th Annual Gala. Dietary laws observed.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, Advocacy, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Nov
  17
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
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Nov
  18
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
A jaw dropping, camera flashing celebration! A magical morning for children and their families — join us as we celebrate 10 years of bringing you amazing storybook characters. Get ready to meet up with old friends such as Curious George & the Man in the Yellow Hat; the Very Hungry Caterpillar and your Paw Patrol friends. Meet new friends – the Minions; Pete the Cat; Clifford the Big Red Dog and more! Be sure to bring your appetite, because we’re serving up a pancake breakfast bar, along with lot...
Listed In:  Families, Special Needs, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; Fees: $12/ $10 member

 
 
Sun
Dec
  2
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
 
Ramah Day Camp of Greater Washington, DC
c/o Wellspring Conference Center, Germantown MD 20876
Ramah Day Camp of Greater Washington, DC invites all prospective camper families to "A Taste of Camp" Open House on Sunday, December 2nd from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the summer camp site, the Wellspring Conference Center in Germantown (11411 Neelsville Church Road, Germantown, MD 20876). Families are welcome to come for a short time or stay for a while. Guided tours will be offered by our staff at 1:45 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. A formal welcome by Rabbi Rami Schwartzer, Camp Directo...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Special Needs, Maryland, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Dec
  13
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

 
 
Tue
Mar
  5
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
  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
Event Cost:  

 
 
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
Event Cost:  

 

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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