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I hope this note finds you in good health and spirits. I am very excited to share with you that as part of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s 40 days/40 nights of Learning program during Elul the Miami Jewish Abilities Alliance will be hosting Shelly Christensen on including people with disabilities and mental health conditions in community prayer via Zoom on Tuesday, September 15th at 7pm.


Shelly is a national thought leader on inclusion, a pioneer in the faith community disability inclusion movement, an international speaker, author and consultant. Her new book is From Longing to Belonging–A Practical Guide to Including People with Disabilities and Mental Health Conditions in Your Faith Community. Shelly has been at the forefront of Jewish community inclusion for 19 years, leading and guiding Jewish organizations in innovative practices. She co-founded Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) in 2009 and serves as its organizer. Shelly has contributed to many Jewish inclusion initiatives including the Union for Reform Judaism, Yachad, the Ruderman Chabad Inclusion Initiative, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Jewish Federations of North America, and the Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities and Inclusion.


Please share the link below with your houses of worship, your contacts and post it on your organization’s calendar. In this era of virtual platforms, knowledge can be accessed in real time across geography with the click of the button. What better way is there for us to change the world?



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