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
Feb
  19
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, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Fri
Feb
  22
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Temple Beth Ami
14330 Travilah Road, Rockville MD 20850
Temple Beth Ami’s Inclusion Committee invites the congregation and extended community for an evening of inspiration and education on Jewish Disabilities Awareness & Inclusion Shabbat. We welcome as our guest Aaron Kaufman, who joined the DC office of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) in 2016 as a Senior Legislative Associate, focusing on disability and poverty issues. Having cerebral palsy, Aaron feels he brings a unique perspective to JFNA’s efforts on behalf of people with disab...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
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
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Feb
  24
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
Shaare Tefila Congregation
16620 Georgia Avenue, Olney MD 20832
In honor of Jewish Disability & Inclusion Awareness Month we are proud to present a free screening of "Intelligent Lives". You can learn more about this moving film at intelligentlives.org. A panel discussion & light refreshments are included for this free event - Sponsored by Shaare Tefila & B'nai Shalom of Olney
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, Conservative, Advocacy, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sun
Feb
  24
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Congregation Olam Tikvah
3800 Glenbrook Rd., Fairfax VA 22031
February is Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). Join ReelAbilities Film Festival - Northern Virginia for a pre-festival screening of "My Feral Heart", presented in partnership with Congregation Olam Tikvah and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Synopsis: A sudden bereavement throws Luke, a fiercely independent young man with Down syndrome, into a group home—a daunting new environment where he finds unexpected support from his feisty, streetwise caretaker and a ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Jewish Federation Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5

 
 
Mon
Feb
  25
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
 
Adas Israel Congregation
2850 Quebec Street NW, Washington DC 20008
Join us for a Ruderman Foundation-sponsored conversation about how different institutions in the Conservative Movement (the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Camp Ramah network, the Rabbinical Assembly, the Ziegler School) can be more inclusive. Please email inclusion@adasisrael.org to RSVP to this event.
Listed In:  Special Needs, DC, Conservative, Advocacy, Networking
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Feb
  28
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
CORE Foundations at Kennedy Krieger Institute
5353 Westbard Avenue, Bethesda MD 20816
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

 
 
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
Join us for an afternoon of volunteering, learning, and an award-winning film to celebrate Jewish Disabilities Inclusion and Awareness Month The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and ReelAbilities Film Festival invite you to help set up the opening reception of 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 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
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
David is an upper-class charmer struggling to hide his high-functioning autism. Forced by his parents to attend Connections, a support group for people on the autism spectrum, he falls in love with Sarah, a sheltered young woman who challenges his identity as "normal." Directed by Rachel Israel 93 min| English| USA | 2018 | Feature| Open Captions | Audio Description Filmmaker Bio: Rachel Israel received her BFA from RISD and her MFA from Columbia University. She is an adjunct professor at RISD...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Northern Virginia, Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $12

 
 
Mon
Mar
  4
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
10467 White Granite Drive, Oakton VA 22124
From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes Intelligent Lives, a catalyst to transform the intellectual disability label from a life sentence of isolation to a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America. Directed by Dan Habib 70 min | English | USA | 2018 | Documentary | Open Captions | Audio Descriptions Pre- and Post-film Mini Resource Fair. Post-film Q&A with Guest Speakers.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  Free; Free with RSVP

 
 
Tue
Mar
  5
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, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Tue
Mar
  5
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston VA 20191
At a unique after school dance program in Queens, kids with a variety of physical and developmental challenges pair with teenage volunteer helpers to create an inclusive environment too often absent in our world. Directed by Catherine Tambini 60 min | English | USA | 2017 | Documentary Audio description produced by Michele Spitz, Cliff Hahn Studio | Open Captions produced by Mongo Media
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  Free; Free with RSVP

 
 
Wed
Mar
  6
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia)
3035 Sideburn Road, Fairfax VA 22030
This Business Of Autism is an expository documentary film about the economic and societal benefits of employing young adults with autism. Directed by Stephen Mackey 105 min | English | USA | 2018 | Documentary Open captions and audio descriptions available. This event is hosted by Fairfax County Special Education PTA.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Northern Virginia, Arts & Culture, Politics
Event Cost:  Free; Free with RSVP

 

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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