Inclusivity & Accessibility

Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion at Adat Shalom 

It is the goal of the Inclusion Advisory Group to increase understanding of and sensitivty to the spectrum of disabilties that exist within our congregation, and that we take appropriate actions to help foster a greater sense of belonging among those individuals and their families in our community.

Adat Shalom has taken a number of actions to address the needs of its members and to reflect a welcoming environment:

  • New! A user-friendly cart to bring assistive devices to the Sanctuary entrance. Read More.
  • Ramps to the bimah
  • An up-to-date audio loop system for use in the sanctuary. Read more.
  • ADA-standard door openers for main entryways and most restrooms.
  • Up-to-date streaming allowing members who cannot physically get to shul for services or attend classes/meetings to participate from remote locations. 
  • A “quiet” room built with a window and sound piped in from the sanctuary that can be used by congregants with sometimes noisy young or by those sensitive to loud noises (e.g. during Purim and Simchat Torah).

Adat Shalom also provides:

  • Consultant Support for students with learning issues.
  • Large print prayer books.
  • A Braille prayer book.
  • Page magnifiers.
  • A wheel chair.
  • Accessible seating.  
  • An exit door from the front of the sanctuary allows access to the adjacent social hall where the oneg lunch is provided after services - so members with mobility problems have a shortcut.

We are currently integrating a recently adopted policy requiring notices regarding off site events (shiva minyans, movies, speakers, conferences, etc.) to include information about accessibility and other accommodations (e.g. are there steps, who should they contact if they need a ride).   

In Fall 2016, Adat Shalom was selected as one of several organizations to participate in a pilot project on Inclusivity and Accessibility sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.  More information about this project will be forthcoming.  

Resources

 Articles:

  • "The Importants of Finding Family" - This link is to the most recent weekly column on disability from The New York Times.
  •  High Holiday Resources for Families with Disabilities can be found here.

Blogs:

Job Services:

  • Job Seekers with Disabilities -  Information on resources for people with disabilities (abilities) seeking employment was taken from the NIH Abilities List Serve. 

Podcasts:

  • "Imagine Israel, Episode #3" - From the vantage point of the top floor at one of the largest investment firms in Israel, Avner Stepak (former CEO of Meitav Dash) saw his company was lacking a crucial component for success: disability inclusion.

Sermons:

Videos:

Webinars: