Inclusion Advisory Committee

Inclusion Advisory Committee

Adat Shalom is an inclusive community that welcomes people with disabilities, including those with hidden disabilities.  If you have questions about disability inclusion at Adat Shalom or you need accommodations, please contact the IAC at inclusion@adatshalom.net  or call our Executive Director, Marla Cohen, at 301-767-3333 (ext. 107). 

Adat Shalom strives to ensure that our community is welcoming to all by raising awareness about disability inclusion, increasing understanding and sensitivity, and providing accommodations when possible.  We provide the following:

Access to the Building

  • Reserved parking for individuals with disabilities
  • Curb cuts to provide access to all main floor entrances
  • ADA-standard door openers for main entryways and most restrooms
  • Door from sanctuary to the Social Hall to facilitate entry to oneg Shabbat

In the Sanctuary

  • A reading table for access to the Torah from wheelchair height
  • Book stands to support heavy prayer books when seated or standing
  • Audio loop system for assistive listening (link to page explaining its features)
  • Ramp leading up to the bima
  • Live streaming of services from the sanctuary
  • Live streaming of meetings and classes from the library
  • A “quiet” room with viewing window and audio of services
  • Movable chairs to accommodate wheelchairs

Located on cart or in the lobby:

  • Large print prayer books
  • A Braille prayer book
  • Large print paper copy of the Parshat HaShavu’ah (weekly Torah portion)
  • Page magnifiers
  • Assistive hearing devices for use with the audio loop (link to existing web page)
  • A wheelchair

Education

Torah School

  • Small classes meeting on Shabbat mornings.  Hebrew classes held remotely by video connection.
  • Observation of student needs by volunteer specialist
  • Madrichim (high-school aged teacher aides) in classrooms support teachers and work individually with students
  • Training for Torah School teachers and madrichim on how to adapt teaching strategies to include students of all abilities in activities.

B-mitzvah*

  • We are committed to welcoming and working with all young people who want to celebrate a b-mitzvah*, including students with physical, emotional, and learning disabilities and social challenges. 
  • This approach is important for the students and their families and is also a powerful way for all congregants to learn Torah from different perspectives. 

Summer Camp

  • The Kulanu Fund supports a scholarship for a child with disabilities to attend a special needs or inclusion camp program.

Other Accommodations

  • Adat Shalom has adopted a policy that publicity for off-site synagogue events (shiva minyans, movies, meetings, conferences, etc.) describe accessibility, e.g. stairs and restrooms. 
  • Members of the Adat Shalom Inclusion Advisory Committee (IAC) participate in disability inclusion programs sponsored by the Jewish Federation.

Resources

Health

Facilities

Questions regarding accessibility and Requests for accommodations:

 

*We honor our young people’s gender identity and choose this formula rather than the more binary “bar or bat” language.