February 2014 marks the sixth annual Jewish Disability Awareness Month. Together we can use this month to break down physical, communication, and attitudinal barriers, educate our communities on what accessibility and inclusion really mean, and reach out to Jews with disabilities. Visit the Union for Reform Judaism Disabilities portal for a comprehensive list of resources to guide you through the observance of this month!
Over the past couple of months, my colleagues and I have written about the barriers that prevent many Americans from voting. From voter ID laws to cuts in early voting, minorities are being disproportionately affected by changing voter laws. In addition, people experiencing homelessness, survivors of domestic violence, and transgender Americans face additional barriers to […]
In the midst of the month of Elul, a period of reflection, repentance and forgiveness, it is important for us to not only reflect on our shortcomings as individuals in the past year but also on our shortcomings as a community. Too often our communities, whether religious or secular, fail to create truly inclusive environments […]
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) was written in order to empower persons with disabilities across the globe to be independent and productive citizens. Yet, despite the fact that CRPD is based on the ideals of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the United States still has not ratified the […]
As part of the Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition (IDAC), the URJ is encouraging all of its congregations and affiliates to sign on to this statement. Please identify yourself as a URJ congregation when completing the sign-on form.
Say YES! Building Inclusive Communities Video Series
Learn from experts Shelly Christensen and Lisa Friedmanhow to make your community more accessible and welcoming to all. The webinars offer big-picture guidance, strategies and opportunities for advocacy: