JDAIM

“Behold how good and pleasant it is for all to dwell together in unity” Psalm 133

February is known as Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is proud to join together with Jewish organizations and communities from all over the world in this unified effort to raise awareness and champion the civil rights of people with disabilities. This page was designed to provide the resources to help plan and implement JDAIM events and programs. The column on the right includes activities, book club ideas, and other resource material. Additional resources can be found on our Disability and Inclusion webpage. Please post all your JDAIM events on Jconnect so they will appear on this page. Together, we can foster a more inclusive Jewish community that emphasizes, first and foremost, the value, dignity and capabilities of each and every individual.

An inclusive community is a stronger community, and while this quest is universal, Jewish values and traditions provide teachable moments to advance inclusion. JDAIM’s logo, a blue and gold intertwined ribbon that forms the Magen David, was designed to signify how inclusion is woven into every aspect of Jewish life and community. Join us – use this resource; create a JDAIM program and find a JDAIM program to attend. 

Upcoming Events
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Sat
Mar
  23
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
Disability and Inclusion Speaker Judy Heumann and Zoe Gross Inclusion Advisory Committee - Disability Awareness on March 23 - Special Guests Judy Heumann and Zoe Gross. Judy Heumann is a veteran advocate for disability rights from fighting for her own teaching credentials to her tenure as Asst. Sect'y of Education under President Obama. Zoe Gross is a young autism self-advocate joining Judy for teaching at our morning Shabbat service and again at 1pm acharei-oneg (after Shabbat lunch) - don...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Advocacy
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Thu
Mar
  28
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
CORE Foundations at Kennedy Krieger Institute
13313 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring MD 20904
Bowlers always have time to spare! Join us monthly, for a fun night out of bowling, food, and friends. All are welcome.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Special Needs, Maryland, Social Events
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $30

 
 
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
Apr
  3
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1534 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Join us for an information session to learn more about the Inclusion Community Service Camp. Teens of all abilities will work directly with the EDCJCC’s Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service and Inclusion & Disability professionals, making this service camp accessible to all. Service opportunities will include food preparation and distribution, shelter repair, community clean-ups, and more. Campers earn up to 30 Student Service Learning (SSL) hours per week. Transportation is available fr...
Listed In:  Families, Special Needs, Teens, DC, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting, Volunteer
Event Cost:  Free; free

 
 
Sat
Apr
  27
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
 
CORE Foundations at Kennedy Krieger Institute
13401 Beaver Dam Road,, Cockeysville MD 21030
Each year, Kennedy Krieger Institute holds a 5k/1 mile fun run/walk called ROAR. This year it will be held April 27th at 8:30 a.m. at Oregon Ridge Park. On behalf of the Project SEARCH Interns, I am inviting you to join us to ROAR that day! Please feel free to invite your friends, family members and colleagues to participate by registering to be part of our team. If you would like to fundraise on our behalf, please do so! If not, your entrance fee will help us for sure. If you can’t join us...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Special Needs, Maryland, Fitness & Wellness, Social Events
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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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Thu
Jun
  13
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Sulam Inc.
13300 Arctic Ave, Rockvillle MD 20853
Sulam Annual Gala
Listed In:  Special Needs
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