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Register today for for “Challenging the Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness”!

This is the third call in the new URJ-Ruderman Mental Health Learning Opportunity.  Led by Diana MaKieve of Exemplar Congregation, Temple Isaiah in Lafeyette, California, this call will take place on Monday, May 23rd at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.  More information about the call and the topic is available on the, “Challenging the Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness” registration page.

Click here to watch the first webinar in the Mental Health Learning Opportunity, “Judaism, Older Adults, Mental Health and Your Congregation,” from Rabbi Richard Address of Jewish Sacred Aging.

Apply now to be recognized at Biennial 2017 for Inclusion Work!  Is your congregation successful in one or more areas of inclusion?  Click here to apply to become an Exemplar Congregation.  Exemplar Congregations will be recognized at Biennial 2017 for efforts at inclusion of people with disabilities.  Congregations who are unable to attend Biennial will receive a certificate of recognition for their efforts.

Rabbi Edie Mencher wrote “Police Brutality and People with Disabilities:  What Can We Do?” an important blog post about the role the Jewish Community can take in fostering change that leads to the end of all police brutality.  This piece, published after the Ruderman Family Foundation‘s recent release of its first White Paper, was written to provide action steps we as a Community can take to end police brutality.

The Ruderman Family Foundation recently released a White Paper on police-related violence, and media coverage of cases involving a person with a disability.  An introduction to the important study is available here.  The report, “The Ruderman White Paper on Media Coverage of Law Enforcement Use of Force and Disability” is available here in its entirety.  A text-only version of the report is available for download by clicking here.

February was Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM)!

Click here to read all of the wonderful blog posts and articles from the URJ and Disabilities Inclusion Learning Center contributors.

This great list of “10 Tips on Creating and Effective Inclusion Team” is taken from Brookes Publishing‘s The Preschool Inclusion Toolbox.  Download the infographic today to find great tips for creating your congregation’s inclusion team!

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Adults in Communal Life

2 Study Sessions

Access and engagement of adults with lifelong, temporary or newly developed disabilities

Advocacy & Community Partnerships

4 Study Sessions

Engaging congregants of all ages in advocating for disabilities inclusion as a human rights issue

B'nai Mitzvah

4 Study Sessions

Specific, educationally sound and spiritually sensitive strategies to prepare all kinds of learners to become B’nai Mitzvah

Deafness

2 Study Sessions

Advancing understanding and creating effective educational, spiritual and social participation for the deaf and hard of hearing

Early Childhood Education

1 Study Sessions

Strategies and tools for nurturing Jewish educational experiences for young children with disabilities while shaping positive attitudes towards disabilities

General Inclusion

7 Study Sessions

Develop additional skills, strategies and understanding to make possible the full participation of all people with disabilities

Mental Health

3 Study Sessions

Ways of advancing understanding while creating spiritual and social support for those living with mental illness

Religious School

7 Study Sessions

Effective strategies and tools to create successful inclusive Jewish educational experiences for all children and all kinds of learners

Youth Group, High School & College Programming

5 Study Sessions

Strategies for creating inclusive programming for youth group, high school and college students

Worship

2 Study Sessions

Creating entry points, access and participation in worship for all members of our communities

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Teachers & Leaders

Howard Blas

Howard Blas

Director, National Ramah Tikvah Network

Director, National Ramah Tikvah Network

Shelly Christensen

Shelly Christensen

CEO, Inclusion Innovations

CEO, Inclusion Innovations

Maria Hartman

Maria Hartman

Instructor & Student Teaching Coordinator, Columbia Teachers College

Instructor & Student Teaching Coordinator, Columbia Teachers College

Rabbi Evan Jaffe

Rabbi Evan Jaffe

Rabbi, Flemington JCC

Meredith Polsky

Meredith Polsky

Director of Training and Advocacy, Matan

Director of Training and Advocacy, Matan