Newsletter – Wishing you a sweet and happy New Year – L’Shana Tova.

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FREE High Holy Days Resources

The next few weeks are some of the most important for our Jewish community, and everyone who wants to participate deserves that option. Our friends at “Gateways: Access to Jewish Education” out of Boston have put together a wonderful list of High Holiday Resources that are all FREE. From blessings with visual supports to social stories, there really is something for everyone.

Gesher Disability Resources is teaming up again with Temple Emanuel of Tempe, a Reform congregation in the East Valley, to offer sign language interpreters during High Holy Days this year.
“The High Holy Days are for everyone,” explained Dean Sh

apiro, Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanuel, “and everyone is welcome at Temple Emanuel. We are pleased to partner with Gesher Disability Resources to enable more people to feel the spirit of t’shuvah, the warmth of community, and the beauty of our Jewish traditions.”

Services are being held at Dayspring Church, 1365 E Elliot Rd, Tempe, AZ 85284.  Non-Member requested ticket donation is $125 per holiday, but scholarships are available. All are welcome and no one will be turned away. Please contact Gesher Disability Resources for ticket information and questions by calling Amy at 480-629-5343 or E-mail:

Dates and times when sign language interpreters will be present:
Rosh Hashanah
Monday, Sept. 10, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Yom Kippur
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Sponsor Spotlight Series

 Thank you to…

At the Flader Wealth Consulting Group, they understand the challenges that high-net-worth clients can face when searching for a financial advisor. You have unique problems and opportunities, and need a level of care and expertise that can be hard to find in a one-size-fits-all world. Flader Wealth Consulting Group can help. A national and state award-winning team with a pristine reputation, they serve clients by dedicating themselves to three core values – Service, Expertise, and Stewardship.

When Gesher Disability Resources (formerly Council For Jews With Special Needs) started receiving gifts back in the early 1990s from donor funds and then from fundraisers for the residential program, the agency turned to Flader Wealth Consulting Group, a family-run financial group, for help.

Something people may find interesting is… 

Read the entire feature about
Flader Wealth Consulting Group and
other Sponsor Spotlight Series on Facebook and on our website.


Did You Know…

There are High Holiday Inclusion Toolkits?
High Holiday time is a perfect opportunity to show community members with disabilities how important they are to your community. RespectAbility has created a High Holidays Disability Tool Kit to help guide you with ideas to both welcome people with disabilities and educate/sensitize the members of your congregations without disabilities on being more inclusive.

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Announcements – Events

Visit to discover the events happening each month.

Simchat Shabbat 2018-2019 – Always Free – All are Welcome!
September 29, October 20, November 17, December 8, January 26, February 23, March 23, April 27, and May 18 
Services are on Saturday starting at Noon and taking place at Congregation Beth Israel(CBI).  Please contact Jacquelyn at to RSVP or with any questions.

Annual Fundraiser with Special Guest Emcees
Look for your invitation in the mail or register online today. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, is our Annual Fundraiser where we raise half of our operating budget allowing our programs and services to help so many in our community. This year we will honor “The Faces of Gesher” and we are thrilled to welcome Special Guest Emcees Mallory Lewis and Lamb Chop

Please join us – RSVP to Amy, or call the office with questions – 480-629-5343.

Fundraising Moments

BIRDIES MEAN BUCKS FOR CHARITY – It’s Birdies For Charity Time

You can help Gesher by making a pledge in the Birdies for Charity program at the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open!  Participating charities will receive every single penny of collected pledges.
                        Donate Here and get more information too.

Gesher Disability Resources is a Qualifying Charitable Organization with the State of Arizona Tax Credit Program. Please consider donating up to $800 per couple filing jointly or $400 per individual and receive a dollar-for-dollar CREDIT on your Arizona State Taxes. 

Help us by making a donation and sharing with your contacts on social media. 

From our family to yours, wishing you a happy and healthy new year!
L’Shana Tova,
Amy, Jill, Debby, Deborah, Jacquelyn


Gesher Disability Resources
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