Click here to read Susan's reflections about JDAIM and how we can help people with disabilities in our community.
Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) is a unified effort among Jewish organizations and communities worldwide to raise awareness and foster inclusion of people with disabilities and those who love them. JDAIM is a call to action to each one of us in accordance with our Jewish values, honoring the gifts and strengths that we each possess. Established in 2009 by the Jewish Special Education International Consortium, JDAIM is observed each February.
This year is the 11th annual observation of JDAIM.
The mission of Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month is to unite Jewish communities worldwide to raise awareness and champion the rights of all Jews to be included and to participate in all aspects of Jewish life like anyone else.
On Feb. 24, 2019, an interactive conversation about how we understand disability will take place at Congregation Brith Sholom from 3:00-6:00 p.m. with keynote speakers from the Lehigh Valley Disability Friendly Community and the Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living.
Following the speakers, appetizers and desserts will be paired with a showing of the award winning film, “My Hero Brother,” which tells the story of a group of young people with Down syndrome who embark on a demanding trek through the Indian Himalayas, accompanied by their brothers and sisters.
This event is a collaborative effort between JFS, the Jewish Community Center, Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, and Congregation Brith Sholom. The cost is $18/person or $36/family, with scholarships available. For reservations, contact the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley at 610-821-5500 or register online. For more details and requests for accommodations in order to participate, contact Susan Sklaroff-Van Hook, at email@example.com or 610.351.9961.
On Feb. 26, 2019, our clinical coordinator and resource specialist, Susan Sklaroff-Van Hook, will represent the Lehigh Valley Jewish community at the Jewish Federations of North America's Jewish Disability Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.
Check below for some fact sheets from Jewish Disability Advocacy Day and more resources from 2018.