Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

February is Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance &  Inclusion Month

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Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance & Inclusion Month (JDAIM) in February presents an opportunity to expand our awareness and understanding of many disability issues. Consider attending one of the events below hosted by synagogues in the Jewish Disabilities Advocates (JDA) Inclusion Initiative and/or find out what your synagogue may be doing as part of JDAIM. All are welcome!

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Inclusion Shabbat Services
Aging and Inclusion: Having the Conversation
Friday, January 31, 6:00 to 7:15 p.m.
Congregation Har HaShem North Building, 3950 Baseline Road, Boulder, CO 80303
Contact: Lisa Milowsky

Speakers will discuss themes such as mobility, isolation, hearing, intellectual engagement, health changes/acquired disability, and caregiving. We will discuss what we can be doing as individuals to take action and inspire people to assist and engage with older adults. We are committed to providing an inclusive, welcoming space. We celebrate our holy days with awe and with joy…and hope you will join us. Watch this service streamed live on our website:

JDAIM Torah Study
Saturday, February 1, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape Street, Denver, CO 80220

Come study with Cantor Elizabeth Sacks for a special Torah Study at Temple Emanuel. In honor of Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month, Cantor Sacks will connect the parsha with Jewish teachings about disability inclusion.

ShabbaTTogether 2020 
Friday, February 7, 5:00 p.m.
Double Tree, 3203 Quebec Street, Denver, CO 80207
Kabalat Shabbat: 5:00 p.m., Dinner: 5:30 p.m., Suggested Donation: $18/adult, $10/child

Join together as a community and enjoy a delicious dinner, personal testimonials from community members, and a children's program concentrating on creating a mindset of inclusivity and mental wellness. A key focus will be creating a safe space to reduce the stigma often associated with discussing mental health and discussing strategies for increased mental wellness, as well the challenges community members living with disabilities face. This is a project of the Ruderman Chabad Inclusion Initiative.

First Friday: Connecting with Our Elders—A Conversation with Rabbi Sandra Cohen
Friday, February 7, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Services: 6:00 p.m., Dinner: 7:15 p.m., Talk: 8:00 p.m.
$18 for members, $21 for non-members, $54 for families
Congregation Bonai Shalom, 1527 Cherryvale Road, Boulder, CO 80303 

All of us desire to feel that we belong. Join us for Shabbat services and a talk by Rabbi Cohen on mental health and inclusion in the Jewish community. Rabbi Cohen will speak about her personal journey with mental illness and her search for community. She will use her insights and experience to guide the congregation to connect with elders in a caring and compassionate way as they navigate changes in lifestyles and abilities. Round-table discussions will follow the presentation.

Rabbi Sandra Cohen received a master's degree in Hebrew Literature and Ordination from HUC-JIR, where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. She began her congregational rabbinical career as an assistant rabbi at Temple Emanuel in Denver. She then served as rabbi at Temple Micah in Denver beginning in 1997. Following a stroke and subsequent health challenges in 2002, Rabbi Cohen left the congregational rabbinate. Rabbi Cohen is involved in mental health outreach in the Jewish community both locally and nationally.

Inclusivity Shabbat and Shabbat B'Yachad
Empowered Aging: Aging in our Community—Having the Conversation with Debbie Reinberg
Saturday, February 8, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

B'nai Havurah, 6445 East Ohio Avenue #600, Denver, CO 80224 

Join us for a musical Shabbat morning service followed by kiddush lunch and programming for adults and kids. Debbie Reinberg from ELDEResources will speak about the importance of inclusion for our elders and how to have impactful conversations about personal wishes and plans for empowered aging with family, friends, and community members. Following her talk, we will have a panel discussion that will include members of B’nai Havurah who are impacted by aging professionally and/or personally. There will be simultaneous programming for children that will include pizza, popcorn, and watching the movie Up.

Denver Jewish Film Festival at JCC Denver—Film: Shoelaces 
Sunday, February 16, 3:15 p.m.
JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center, the Elaine Wolf Theatre, 350 South Dahlia Street, Denver, CO 80246

The story of a complicated relationship between an aging father, Reuben, and his special-needs son, Gadi, whom he abandoned while he was a child. Sponsored by Jane E. and Stanton Rosenbaum and Jewish Family Service. To buy movie tickets, please contact the box office at 303.316.6360. 

Shabbat aLive
Friday, February 21, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Judaism Your Way (address provided upon registration)         
Wine and Cheese: 7:30 p.m., Shabbat Musical Journey: 8:00 p.m., Potluck Dessert Reception: 9:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Come to our JDAIM Shabbat aLIVE with Judaism Your Way. We will honor Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion month with a special D’var Torah and musical Shabbat experience with our maximally inclusive and “open tent” for all. Register at

HEA Shofar Sounds Presents: Charlie Kramer "Singing in the Dark"
Saturday, February 22, 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Presented by Hebrew Educational Alliance, event address provided upon registration
Havdallah/Eli Talk: 8:00 p.m., Concert: 8:45 p.m.
Tickets: $10 for HEA members, $15 general admission
Open to ages 22 and up

Join HEA Shofar Sounds for a unique concert experience and "Eli Talk" by a young professional. Legally blind and armed with an acoustic guitar, Charlie Kramer unites, magnetizes, and elevates the communities around him. A touring songleader, songwriter, and spiritual leader, Charlie has sung with communities throughout North America, Israel, Australia, and New Zealand. Charlie’s soul shines whenever he leads. Learn more and register here.


Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month Shabbat Program
Saturday, February 29, 9:30 a.m.
Congregation Rodef Shalom, 450 South Kearney Street, Denver, CO 80224

Three congregants will speak during morning services about their own or a family member’s disabilities.

Reserve a Spot at Summer Magic Camp

Reserve a spot now for Jewish Disabilities Advocates’ Summer Magic Camp! Children and young people with special needs (ages 8 to adult) are invited on an exciting day trip to Shwayder Camp on Monday, July 13. Cost is $20. Summer Magic Camp is also seeking fun, responsible teens and young adults to serve as camp buddies. Training is provided and no experience is necessary. For information/registration, contact Rita Singer at Download a flyer.

If you or someone you know needs accommodation to attend one of these events, please contact the synagogue. Each synagogue is committed to inclusion and will do its best to meet your needs. For questions or more information about any of the Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month programs, please contact:

Carol Loveman Morris, PhD

Carol Loveman Morris, PhDJewish Disabilities Advocates Coordinator

Ph: 720.459.3877
Email Me