Since the goal of Jewish Disability Awareness Month (JDAM) is to raise awareness and educate the community, we wanted to let you in on a well-kept secret: For the past 15 years or so, some members of the Special Needs Professional Committee and a few community volunteers have been working on the K’Sharim Committee. The mission of K’Sharim is to connect people with disabilities to Jewish life. K’Sharim works with synagogues in the Greater Boston area to provide inclusive programming that engages congregations and people of all abilities to pray and celebrate synagogue events together. We have created a network of synagogues that provides increased opportunities for socialization, Jewish education and ritual participation. K’Sharim aims to provide opportunities for teens and adults to participate in Jewish life. This may include Shabbat or holiday celebrations, social events in conjunction with Havdalah or it can be something unique that your synagogue is doing. One brotherhood invited K’Sharim guests to their Super Bowl party!

If you’d like your synagogue to get involved or would like more information, please contact specialneeds@jccgb.org.

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