Every February, Jewish communities across the world celebrate Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), a unified initiative to raise disability awareness and support efforts to foster inclusion in all aspects of Jewish life. JDAIM is a call to action for all of us to act in accordance with our Jewish values, honoring the gifts and strengths that we each possess. This year, our community will offer a series of dynamic programs that will emphasize a local commitment to removing barriers for people disabilities and the diversity of our community, and provide a platform for deepening inclusion in all aspects of Jewish life not just in February, but all throughout the year. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating JDAIM by participating in one of the many programs happening across the community, or hosting an event of your own!!

Local Programs:

Throughout February | Celebrating Jewish Atlanta’s VIPs
In celebration of JDAIM, JAA will celebrate advocates and self-advocates who have worked to empower people with disabilities, increased the accessibility of programs and services across the community, and advanced the inclusion of people with disabilities across Jewish Atlanta. These individuals and their impact will be highlighted across social media platforms throughout February. We invite you to submit a “VIP” or Very Inclusive Person to highlight!

Submit a VIP

Jewish agencies across Atlanta will be hosting their own programs throughout the month. Check our complete Community Calendar and submit your event for our calendar.

 

JFNA’s Jewish Disability Day

February 23 & 24 | Virtual

From diverse communities across North America, we are coming together to harness our collective power to break down barriers to opportunity and inclusion. Join us in helping advance policy that empowers individuals with disabilities to achieve maximum independence. Register now!

 

Training

JDAIM is a great opportunity to host a sensitivity & awareness training for your agency’s professionals, lay leaders, volunteers, or students!! These trainings are appropriate for all ages, offered at no cost, and can be tailored for your organization’s needs. Contact JAA@jewishatlanta.org for more information. Please also consider JAA’s Ina Enoch Training Fund, which can provide up to $500 to offset the cost inclusion-related trainings, professional development, or workshops.

 

From the Ruderman Chabad Inclusion Initiative, a full guide of program ideas, marketing resources, sermons, activities and more. The ShabbaTTogether Toolkit has been purchased by JAA for use by our local Atlanta partners. For more information and access to the guide, please contact jaa@jewishatlanta.org.

 

Other JDAIM Resources

Compiled by Lisa Houben | JDAIM Programming for All

Inclusion Innovations | the JDAIM 2022 Program Guide

PJ Library | 9 Kid’s Books to Read During JDAIM

Harold Grinspoon Foundation | The Mitten Spring in American Sign Language

ELI Talks | JDAIM resource guide

Jewish Learning Venture | JDAIM Lesson Plans

Matan | JDAIM Lesson Plans for K-12

RespectAbility | Speakers Bureau

New Voices | a blog post about an Inclusion-focused Shabbat

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism | 18 Ways Congregations Can Observe JDAIM