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We are committed to helping you address physical or mental health challenges or developmental or intellectual disabilities.
At the core of Beth El’s caring culture is our commitment to accommodate congregants’ and guests’ special needs.
Our clergy and staff devote special attention to creating uniquely tailored services for B’nai Mitzvah who confront developmental or intellectual disabilities or mental health challenges that make a typical service surpassingly difficult. Their objective is to create an experience that will be meaningful while at the same time comfortable for the child and other guests.
We offer special services during a Shabbat each February, when Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month is celebrated. You can read a special issue of the Beth El Scroll, the monthly newsletter, devoted to Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion month.
Beth El has a Disabled Access Fund to which donations can be directed.
The Beth El B’ruchim Habaim committee welcomes and accommodate people with disabilities and their families. Formed in 2005, the group has helped to address physical barriers and communication issues and more recently has focused on welcoming people with mental illness and people on the autism spectrum.
Committee members meet regularly with congregants at other synagogues with shared goals and with professionals at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington as part of the Synagogue Disability Inclusion Network.
If you have concerns about how a family member’s special needs or disabilities are interfering with full inclusion in our community, or if you would like to join the committee, please contact Andrea Golden of the B’ruchim Habaim committee at email@example.com.