DID YOU KNOW THAT FEBRUARY IS
JEWISH DISABILITY AWARENESS AND INCLUSION MONTH?
Take this opportunity to celebrate a commitment to removing barriers, celebrating diversity and connecting with our Jewish values. Together, we can foster a more inclusive Jewish community that emphasizes the value, dignity, and capabilities of each and every individual.
There are events throughout February that will promote Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month.
Saturday, February 3 – Simchat Shabbat – 12PM at Congregation Beth Israel (CBI)
Thursday, February 8 – Steph “The Hammer” Hammerman (limited attendance)
Friday, February 9 – Gesher Disability Resources Agency Luncheon – 11:30 AM
– with guest speaker Steph “The Hammer” Hammerman
Sunday, February 11 – Limmud, a day of Jewish learning, 9AM–4PM; limmudaz.com
-Gesher is sponsoring Steph “The Hammer” Hammerman to speak at 9AM
Sunday, February 18 – Phoenix Zoo – 1PM – Discounted group rate (members attend free)
Sunday, February 25 – VOSJCC Purim Carnival (with quiet area)– 11AM-3PM – FREE TO ATTEND
Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) – Jewish Values and Tikkun Olam
Started in 2009 with a mission to unite Jewish communities to raise awareness and champion inclusion of people with disabilities, February became JDAIM. Here at Gesher Disability Resources (formerly Council For Jews With Special Needs) we want to highlight the importance we feel in making certain all our programing involves “bridging” our Jewish community. From our clients in our Social Groups to their peers at Moishe House, everyone benefits from helping others learn a new skill, gain a new perspective, or perform a mitzvah. Dina, a recent member of our Yad B’ Yad Social Group, recalls decorating the sukkah: “I enjoy coming to the group. [I] Had lots of fun and felt very welcome.” As important as the activity was to Dina, so too was the great impact for the volunteers who came to help and noted that attending our events like decorating the sukkah “feels like a fun evening with friends and not a volunteer obligation.”
It is in these words we envision serving a vital purpose and inspiring the agency’s new name Gesher Disability Resources. Gesher means “bridge” and in the spirit of moving forward together, our agency will make certain no one in our Jewish community is left out or feels the isolation of being excluded. Inclusion, which is the theme for February, is a great example for all of us to see that when we work together, we help each other “bridge” our differences to create meaningful experiences.
Together, we can foster a more inclusive Jewish community that emphasizes the value, dignity and capabilities of each and every individual. If you are interested in volunteering at one of our upcoming events, please contact Jacquelyn Null in our office at Jacquelyn@gesherdr.org.