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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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
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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
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Wed
Nov
  14
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
 
Maryland/Israel Development Center
6125 Montrose Avenue, Rockville MD 20852
Two Israeli “assistive technology” companies, AmplioSpeech (digital telespeech therapy platform) and OrCam (a wearable artificial vision platform improving the lives of individuals who are blind, visually impaired and have reading difficulties) will be featured. Lynn Shapiro Snyder, Senior Member of Epstein Becker Green in the Health Care and Life Sciences and Litigation practices in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, and a member of the MIDC board, will emcee the program. The event is co-spon...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, Israel, Networking
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $18

 
 
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
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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
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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
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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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