Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Shabbat

February 01, 2020, 9:15 am
Congregation Beth El
8215 Old Georgetown Rd
Bethesda, MD

February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). JDAIM is a unified effort among Jewish organizations and communities worldwide to raise awareness and foster inclusion of people with disabilities and those who love them.

This year’s speaker will be Shelly Christensen, co-founder of JDAIM. Christensen will give the d’var Torah during Shabbat services on February 1. She will also speak at the Men’s Club breakfast on Sunday, February 2, at 10:00 am, about her experiences and inclusion of people with disabilities in the broader Jewish community.

Christensen, author of the Jewish Community Guide to Inclusion of People with Disabilities, co-founded JDAIM with the Jewish Special Education Consortium in 2009. She also founded and is executive director of Inclusion Innovations, which provides training, organizational and community development, and strategic planning so Jewish organizations and communities can become more welcoming and inclusive. Christensen is a graduate of the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Delaware which, she writes, “Changed everything I believed about including people with disabilities and their families in the Jewish community and transformed my work as a change leader.”