Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

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Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) in February presents an opportunity to expand our awareness and understanding of many disability issues. Consider attending one of the events below hosted by synagogues in the Jewish Disabilities Advocates (JDA) Inclusion Initiative and/or find out what your synagogue may be doing as part of JDAIM. All are welcome!

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First Friday Program: Telling Our Stories: Voices of Jews with Disabilities 
Friday, February 1, 8:00 p.m.
Congregation Bonai Shalom, 1527 Cherryvale Road, Boulder, CO 80303

Those who join for the program are also invited to attend services at 6:00 p.m. followed by a catered dinner (cost associated with dinner). Please RSVP at or 303.442.6605.

Belonging, Behaving, Believing: Reconstructing Judaism’s Values and Creating a More Inclusive Community
Saturday, February 9, 9:30 a.m.

B'nai Havurah, 6445 East Ohio Avenue #600, Denver, CO 80224 

All are invited to attend this special service that will address how a congregation can become more inclusive. ASL Interpretation will be provided.

Family and Youth Social Action Sunday Disability Awareness Program
Sunday, February 10, 10:00 a.m.

Congregation Rodef Shalom, 450 South Kearney Street, Denver, CO 80224

Families with students in grades K-7 are invited to attend this program which will focus on understanding the strengths and needs of students with a variety of disabilities and how all students can support inclusion in the classroom and on the playground. 

Denver Jewish Film Festival Reception at JCC Denver—Film: Keep the Change
Thursday, February 14, reception: 4:30 to 5:15 p.m., movie: 5:30 p.m.
JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center, the Elaine Wolf Theatre, 350 South Dahlia Street, Denver, CO 80246

Keep the Change is love story that transcends the subject of disability and speaks to the universal need for human connection, and in the process show how actors with autism can deliver compelling performances. JDA of SHALOM Denver will host a reception before the movie in the Perlmutter Room at the JCC. All are welcome to join us at this reception and to buy tickets for the film. Please contact Carol Morris at or at 303.623.0251 to RSVP for the reception. To buy movie tickets, please contact box office at 303.316.6360.

Friday Night Shabbat Service              
Friday, February 22, 6:00 p.m.
Congregation Har HaShem, 3950 Baseline Road, Boulder, CO 80303

The service will aim to raise awareness about mental health, to decrease stigmatization, and to promote inclusion of the many individuals impacted by mental illness. All are welcome. The service will be held in the North Building and ASL interpretation will be provided.

JDAIM Shabbat Dinner and Presentation by Lloyd Lewis, Author of the Book “Why Not Them” and CEO of Arc Thrift Stores  Friday, February 22, 6:30 p.m.
BMH-BJ Congregation, 560 South Monaco Parkway, Denver, CO 80224                         

The catered dinner cost is $25 for adults and $12 for children. The presentation by Lloyd Lewis will begin following dinner. Parking is available. Participants should enter through the doors on Monaco Parkway. Reservations for the dinner are required by calling the synagogue office at 303.388.4203 or registering on the BMH-BJ website. People may attend the presentation without going to the dinner. Friday night services are at 5:25 p.m. For further information contact Bernice Dinner at

Disability Awareness and Inclusion Shabbat Service 
Saturday, February 23, 9:30 a.m.
Congregation Rodef Shalom, 450 South Kearney Street, Denver, CO 80224

All are welcome at this Shabbat service with a focus on raising awareness and strengthening inclusion efforts.

If you or someone you know needs accommodation to attend one of these events, please contact the synagogue. Each synagogue is committed to inclusion and will do its best to meet your needs. For questions or more information about any of the Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month programs, please contact:

Carol Loveman Morris, PhD

Carol Loveman Morris, PhDJewish Disabilities Advocates Coordinator

Ph: 303.623.0251, x204
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Summer Magic Camp 2019Save Your Spot at Summer Magic Camp 

Reserve a spot now for Jewish Disabilities Advocates’ Summer Magic Camp! 

Children and young adults with special needs (ages 8 to 30) are invited on exciting day trips to Shwayder Camp on Thursday, June 27, and to JCC Ranch Camp on Thursday, July 25. Cost is $20 per day. Summer Magic is also seeking fun, responsible teens and young adults to serve as camp buddies. Training is provided and no experience is necessary.

For information/registration, contact Rita Singer at 

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