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.
- 8 – Friday – Gesher Disability Resources 2nd Annual Community Lunch
- 10 – Sunday – LimmudAZ
- 12 – Tuesday – VBM panel
- 17 – Sunday – ASU’s Jewish Disability Conference
- 23 – Saturday – Gesher’s Monthly Simchat Shabbat
- 24 – Sunday – Jewish Film Festival Special Screening
- 26 – Tuesday – Jewish Disability Advocacy Day
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 we want to highlight the importance we feel in making certain all our programming involves “bridging” our Jewish community. From our members 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.”
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@gesherdr.org.