Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

February is Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month

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Jewish Disabilities Advocates has an exciting lineup of activities and events in Denver—all to celebrate disability awareness and inclusivity. All are welcome!

“Magical Mitzvah Tour” Program
Sunday, February 5, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
B’nai Havurah, 6445 E. Ohio Ave., Denver, 80224

Jewish Disabilities Advocates (JDA) clients will participate in the “Magical Mitzvah Tour” along with religious school students from B’nai Havurah. Each class will create a mitzvah project and JDA clients will work with the different classes to help complete the projects. JDA’s project will be creating a banner for the celebration of the Tu B’Shevat Seder, which will be held at BMH-BJ the week after, on February 12.

Community Tu B’Shevat Seder
Sunday, February 12, 2017, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
BMH-BJ, 560 S. Monaco Parkway, Denver, 80224

Tu B’Shevat is a holiday that celebrates the new year for trees. The Tu B’Shvat Seder will highlight the four seasons, the three main types of fruit, and the importance of taking care of the earth that sustains us. Our centerpiece will be a fruit topiary and participants will experience the delicious wine (grape juice) and variety of fruits. For those who would like to plant parsley seeds for Passover, there will be a table set up to paint small terra cotta pots and plant the seeds. Suggested donation is $5.00.

Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Shabbat
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Denver Academy of Torah (DAT) Minyan, 6825 E. Alameda Ave., Denver 80224

Join us for a special Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Shabbat at DAT Minyan. 

Religious School Disability Awareness Weekend
February 25-26, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Hebrew Educational Alliance, 3600 S. Ivanhoe, Denver, 80237

This program will help educate congregants, students, staff, and the community about disabilities and what it means to be truly inclusive.

  • The Saturday session will include topic-related sermons delivered by both Rabbi Gruenwald and Rabbi Dollin.
  • On Sunday, a teen with autism will describe what it is like to have a disability. That session will be followed by a series of participatory workshops focusing on different disabilities and how people manage them.

Summer Magic Camp
Thursday, July 6, 2017 at JCC Ranch Camp
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at Shwayder Camp
Leave Temple Emanuel parking lot (51 Grape Street) in Denver at 8:45 a.m. and return at 4:00 p.m.

If you're looking for a great summer activity for a young person with special needs (ages 8-35), check out Summer Magic Camp! Attend  JCC Ranch Camp near Elbert and/or Shwayder Camp near Idaho Springs
for one day with volunteer Buddies to make new friends and enjoy camp activities. Fee: $20/day for campers, paid to Jewish Family Service. We're also looking for fun, responsible teens and young adults to be volunteer Buddies to spend a day at camp with new friends! Training is provided; no experience is necessary. Both dates will fill up fast! For information and registration, contact Rita Singer at 720.335.0854 or

For questions or more information about any of the Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month programs, please contact:

Lynn RubensteinJewish Disabilities Advocates Coordinator

Ph: 303.623.0251
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