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!!
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. Follow us on Facebook to join in the celebration of Jewish Atlanta’s VIPs!
Local & National Programs
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.
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival: The Specials
Available to stream February 16-26
February 23 at 12 pm | Virtual Lobby Conversation | Register now!
In this uplifting French social-issue drama based on a true story, two friends of different faiths join forces to fight for teens with autism and those marginalized by society. With help from his ultra-Orthodox community, Bruno (Vincent Cassel) shelters severely autistic kids rejected by state-run hospitals. He recruits caregivers from his friend and partner Malik, a Muslim who trains poor youth seeking jobs. Underfunded and overworked, Bruno faces complications when authorities threaten to close his unlicensed facility. Frustrated by a lack of support, the men confront the French healthcare system head-on. Nominated for 9 César Awards including Best Film, this authentic window into those on the spectrum boasts earnest lead performances and an ensemble of nonprofessional autistic actors. Directors: Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano
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!
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.
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