About the Congregation
15 North Market Street P.O. Box 1412
Staunton, VA 24401
Number of Congregants: 45
Beth Young, Past President
Does this congregation have an inclusion committee?
Developing Our Program
We had a music director who was uncomfortable getting in and out of our building and we wanted the religious school students under her direction to be able to perform their songs. As a result of this need, we committed to making physical changes to our building.
Number of people involved in the effort: 3
Involving People with Disabilities
In addition to the physical changes to the building, we also printed several copies of the most frequently used services in large print.
We purchased headphones and a microphone system to allow those with hearing impairment to be included.
Helpful Agencies & Organizations
We relied on two of our congregants. One is an architect, the other is an interior designer.
Spreading Awareness About Our Work
We have a universal emblem sticker on all our brochures.
We have a plaque mounted to the front wall at the sidewalk stating ‘handicapped entrance at side door.’ We have a universal emblem on our side door.
Process & Sharing
Evidence of Successful Inclusion Efforts
We routinely have 2-3 people attending services and sitting in the pews, which were moved to the Bima alcoves, a space that is accessible for people who use wheelchairs and have other physical disabilities.
Evidence of Changing Attitudes
While we already had a culture of inclusion that included good attitudes and acceptance, awareness was increased by the changes we made.
How We're Using and Sharing the Disabilities Inclusion Learning Center
We will use the Disabilities Inclusion Learning Center and share it in any way that we can. We are a tiny congregation without staff other than our part-time Rabbi, so we are all aware of incorporating accessibility into our daily lives and cognizant of it.
Future Inclusion Efforts
If we grow, we will need to provide additional seating. We have installed speakers in our social hall so that people who remain in the social hall and choose not to enter the sanctuary can still hear the proceedings.