The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
This February, Jewish communities across North America will celebrate Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). During the month, we will come together to raise awareness and support efforts that foster inclusion of people with disabilities and their families in all aspects of Jewish life. In the past, February was known as Jewish Disability Advocacy Month, but “inclusion” was added this year to emphasize that we must together to ensure the full inclusion for all who come to worship, learn, celebrate, and participate in our spaces.
Here are just a few ways you can get involved with JDAIM 2016:
The Mishnah teaches, “Don’t look at the flask, but at what it contains,” (Pirket Avot 4:26). Though disabilities can be seen or unseen, we can create Jewish communities that celebrate the uniqueness of all people. Let’s use JDAIM 2016 to commit ourselves to taking steps to insure further inclusion of all people in all of our spaces.