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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Fri
Jan
  18
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Sunflower Bakery
8507 Ziggy Lane, Gaithersburg MD 20877
Is Sunflower for me? Come to our new Bakery Drop Ins Mondays & Fridays and find out. Beginning Monday, January 14. Drop in between 10:00am-12:00pm on any Monday or Friday through the end of February. Each visit will take approximately 50 minutes. Enjoy learning about Sunflower with one of our staff, ask your questions, take a tour of our kitchen and participate in a hands-on baking demonstration. Who: Individuals in their last year of high school or post high school are welcome. Students in o...
Listed In:  Special Needs, Maryland, Advocacy
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mon
Jan
  21
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Sunflower Bakery
8507 Ziggy Lane, Gaithersburg MD 20877
Is Sunflower for me? Come to our new Bakery Drop Ins Mondays & Fridays and find out. Beginning Monday, January 14. Drop in between 10:00am-12:00pm on any Monday or Friday through the end of February. Each visit will take approximately 50 minutes. Enjoy learning about Sunflower with one of our staff, ask your questions, take a tour of our kitchen and participate in a hands-on baking demonstration. Who: Individuals in their last year of high school or post high school are welcome. Students in o...
Listed In:  Special Needs, Maryland, Advocacy
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Jan
  25
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Sunflower Bakery
8507 Ziggy Lane, Gaithersburg MD 20877
Is Sunflower for me? Come to our new Bakery Drop Ins Mondays & Fridays and find out. Beginning Monday, January 14. Drop in between 10:00am-12:00pm on any Monday or Friday through the end of February. Each visit will take approximately 50 minutes. Enjoy learning about Sunflower with one of our staff, ask your questions, take a tour of our kitchen and participate in a hands-on baking demonstration. Who: Individuals in their last year of high school or post high school are welcome. Students in o...
Listed In:  Special Needs, Maryland, Advocacy
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mon
Jan
  28
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Sunflower Bakery
8507 Ziggy Lane, Gaithersburg MD 20877
Is Sunflower for me? Come to our new Bakery Drop Ins Mondays & Fridays and find out. Beginning Monday, January 14. Drop in between 10:00am-12:00pm on any Monday or Friday through the end of February. Each visit will take approximately 50 minutes. Enjoy learning about Sunflower with one of our staff, ask your questions, take a tour of our kitchen and participate in a hands-on baking demonstration. Who: Individuals in their last year of high school or post high school are welcome. Students in o...
Listed In:  Special Needs, Maryland, Advocacy
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Feb
  1
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Sunflower Bakery
8507 Ziggy Lane, Gaithersburg MD 20877
Is Sunflower for me? Come to our new Bakery Drop Ins Mondays & Fridays and find out. Beginning Monday, January 14. Drop in between 10:00am-12:00pm on any Monday or Friday through the end of February. Each visit will take approximately 50 minutes. Enjoy learning about Sunflower with one of our staff, ask your questions, take a tour of our kitchen and participate in a hands-on baking demonstration. Who: Individuals in their last year of high school or post high school are welcome. Students in o...
Listed In:  Special Needs, Maryland, Advocacy
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Feb
  10
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
 
Beth El Hebrew Congregation (Beth El Inclusion)
3830 Seminary Road, Alexandria VA 22304
Beth El's Inclusion Committee and Brotherhood are excited to be co-sponsoring this event with Agudas Achim Congregation's Disability Inclusion Committee and Israeli Movie Club, in cooperation with the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia. Join us for an inspirational afternoon watching "Ain't No Mountain," an Israeli film documentary about the largest-ever expedition of climbers with disabilities attempting to reach the peak of Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Guest speaker,...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free, but RSVP

 
 
Sat
Feb
  23
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation
6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Shabbat with Liz Savage, Attorney-Advisor Disability Rights Section, U.S. Department of Justice Join us for Shabbat morning services as we celebrate our congregation’s commitment to inclusion and honor our community members with disabilities. Liz Savage, who has committed her life to working on behalf of individuals with disabilities, will address the community about the intersection between Jewish values and disability inclusion.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Special Needs, Maryland, Conservative, Advocacy
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Fri
Mar
  1
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb Street, NW, Washington DC 20016
Join us for this social gathering, where an emphasis is placed on building community through the beauty of Shabbat. Together, we will braid, bake (and enjoy!) challah and share in the Shabbat blessings through song and some movement. All participants are expected to be accompanied by an adult or caregiver. RSVP by February 22. Food note: we observe "Kosher-style" If accommodations are needed for individuals who are deaf or hearing impaired, please make note of this in the RSVP so we ensure we ...
Listed In:  College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Special Needs, Teens, DC, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; $18 suggested donation

 
 
Sun
Mar
  3
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Beth El Hebrew Congregation (Beth El/JCCNV)
3830 Seminary Road, Alexandria VA 22304
Join us for bagels, coffee, a great speaker, a lively discussion and thoughtful Q&A. How can we promote inclusion in the broadest sense in our congregations? Although individuals and groups (e.g., people with disabilities, people of color, LGBTQIA people, interfaith families, etc.) present different needs, there is often a common thread of not feeling welcomed by the community. • What are some of the barriers that occur? • What are some of the ways that we can shift our culture to encourage...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Special Needs, Northern Virginia, Advocacy, Fitness & Wellness, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free, but RSVP

 
 
Sun
Mar
  3
4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
8900 Little River Tpke., Fairfax VA 22031
Federation's Mitzvah Mavens will volunteer at Reel Abilities to help set up reception, learn about the film festival from Lisa Handelman and spread the word through a buy one get one ticket. Volunteering is free; ticket for the movie is $7.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Special Needs, Women & Girls, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Volunteer
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
  17
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (PJ Library in Greater Washington)
3935 Macomb St NW, Washington DC 20016
We will minimize the noise and other sensory input, but maximize the fun! Join us for crafts, an interactive reading of the Purim story (megillah), a mitzvah (good deed) project and treats to take home. Costumes encouraged but not required. Please pre-register as space is limited. Best for ages 4-7. FAQs about Sensory-Friendly Purim: http://bit.ly/SensoryPurimFAQ
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Special Needs, DC, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5 per family, plus bring a canned good to donate

 
 
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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