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On Disability: Video Sessions


Session 1: Welcome and Introduction by Rabbi Judith Abrahamson
Session 2: Inclusivity and Action: One Rabbi's Story by Rabbi Evan Jaffe
Session 3: Toolbox Strategies by Rabbi Judith Abrahamson
Session 4: Wholeness and Brokenness by Rabbi Dan Grossman and Rabbi Evan Jaffe
Session 5: Making a Difference by Rabbi Dan Grossman
Session 6: Conclusion by Rabbi Judith Abrahamson

 

Session 1: Welcome and Introduction by Rabbi Judith Abrahamson

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Session 2: Invitation and Action: One Rabbi's Story by Rabbi Evan Jaffe
When Rabbi Evan Jaffe was first asked to serve the disabled residents of a county developmental facility, he felt a sense of panic. That was more than 20 years ago. Ultimately he set out on a personal and professional journey that encouraged the center’s residents and his congregation to join hands in a community of inclusion and hope. Hear about this rabbi’s own learning curve, his program development, and his community building.

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Session 3: Toolbox Strategies by Rabbi Judith Abrahamson

You’ve just received a phone call: A new family in the community is interested in speaking with you about membership in your synagogue community. The family is arriving in one hour. With them will be their children, including a child with unspecified disabilities. How do you prepare for this meeting? What will you need to learn about this family and their “different” child? What might be some of their questions regarding appropriate synagogue programs and support? And what answers might you be able to provide? This session offers ideas and strategies for meeting people where they are and emphasizes what those with differing abilities want us to know and understand about them.

Session 3 Resources:
Toolbox Strategies

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Session 4: Wholeness and Brokenness by Rabbi Dan Grossman and Rabbi Evan Jaffe
What does “why did this happen to me?” really mean? If you have a disability, do you consider yourself to be a broken human being? Or do you somehow manage to feel whole and complete? What does it take to fit in, to feel fully a part of the Jewish community? Explore both traditional and contemporary Jewish texts to discover what they have to say about wholeness and brokenness. These texts offer challenges to traditionally held views of disability and will provide you with a wealth of educational materials for you to use with your community.

Session 4 Resources:
Encountering God in Disability
Rabbi Bradley Arts on and Tamara Green Articles
Inclusion or Disappearance Texts

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Session 5: Making a Difference by Rabbi Dan Grossman
One rabbi, working alone, can be a driving force for change. Rabbi Dan Grossman describes how his efforts to promote total, unconditional acceptance of all individuals, including those with disabilities, has made a remarkable difference in the life of his congregation and community at large.

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Session 6: Conclusion by Rabbi Judith Abrahamson

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