Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month
This February the British Friends of ALEH took the initiative to promote for the first time in the UK, the Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) and its key messages.
JDAIM is a unified effort among Jewish communities worldwide to raise awareness and foster inclusion of people with disabilities in ALL aspects of communal life. It is an opportunity to celebrate our commitment to diversity and removing barriers, as well as connecting with our Jewish values.
To mark JDAIM, the British Friends of ALEH offer various community events and workshops in London over February 2019. Please join us!
Scroll down to find out how you can mention JDAIM in your own community.
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ALEH provides over 750 children and young adults with severe disabilities in Israel with high-level medical and rehabilitative care. ALEH also leads the charge for acceptance and inclusion of people with disabilities in Israel and around the world. It is changing societal attitudes towards disabilities through innovative community engagement and youth leadership programmes.
Without the support of ALEH, many of the children would be forced to spend their entire lives in a hospital bed with no opportunity for rehabilitation and education and without the love and warmth they need to thrive. Thanks to ALEH’s empowering approach to look for the children’s abilities within their disabilities, ALEH’s children are developing far beyond the boundaries of their initial prognoses and lead happy and fulfilling lives.
Watch a Video about ALEH
Watch this inspiring TedTalk by Maj. Gen. (Res.) Doron Almog. Doron is the father of Eran Almog Z”L who was born with severe disabilities, and the founder and chairman of ALEH’s innovative rehabilitative village in the Negev.
ALEH & Inclusion
ALEH leads the charge for acceptance and inclusion of people with disabilities in Israel and around the world and is changing societal attitudes towards disabilities. Introducing JDAIM in the UK for the first time is part of that movement and ALEH’s wider Tikkun Olam campaign.
The Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM)
This year for the first time, JDAIM is coming to the UK, with the British Friends of ALEH launching the campaign!
JDAIM’s mission 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, regardless of their disability. Established in 2009 by the Jewish Special Education International Consortium, JDAIM is observed each February through various community events amongst Jewish communities in the United States and around the world.
Why you should participate in JDAIM
Making Jewish Life accessible for all is one of most important community responsibilities, and one of greatest community opportunities to benefit from what everyone has to contribute.
We call on Jewish communities across the UK to raise awareness and inclusion of people with disabilities and to act in accordance with their Jewish values and honour the gifts and strengths that we each possess.
How to mark JDAIM in your own community
Please join ALEH in its efforts for changing common attitudes towards individuals with disabilities and for creating a more caring and inclusive society. Here are some ideas that will boost awareness and make your community a leader in supporting inclusion:
- Advertise ALEH & JDAIM to your entire community
- Host an ALEH Inclusion Shabbat or a Havdalah service
- Host an ALEH Inclusion congregational Shabbat dinner to kick off Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month
- Host an ALEH Inclusion Tea party / Bake sale / Car boot sale
- Offer an ALEH Inclusion “Lunch and Learn” following Shabbat services that features a speaker on inclusion
- Study Torah citations that help us wrestle with inclusion; Give sermons on inclusion topics and relate them to the Parashah.
- Integrate ALEH & JDAIM into other community activities
- Encourage people with disabilities and their families to attend the activities
- Promote Inclusion: Use # JDAIM JDAIMUK19 to share on Twitter and Facebook!
For more opportunities and ideas of how to mark JDAIM in your community, we have created a file for you.