Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month 2021

During the month of February, JFCS and Jewish communities around the world observe Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). The mission of JDAIM is to unite Jewish communities worldwide to raise awareness and champion the rights of all Jews to be accepted and included in all aspects of Jewish life.

Adath Jeshurun Congregation


Shabbat Morning Program (SMP)10 a.m. on Zoom
SMP will be incorporating JDAIM lessons throughout the month to our students. To join Adath’s Shabbat Morning Program for grades 5-8, contact Risa Kessler at

With Rabbi Weininger & Twin Cities Organizations • Feb 1, 3, 6, 21 • Visit the JDAIM page
Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) is a unified effort among Jewish organizations worldwide to raise awareness and foster acceptance and inclusion of people with disabilities and mental health conditions and those who love them. 

– Together in Harmony: A Celebration of the Resiliency of the Human Spirit Monday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m.
– The Jewish Federations of North America kickoff event is a concert with Itzhak Perlman Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m.
– Adath D’var Torah given by Rabbi Aaron Weininger Saturday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m.
– JDAIM Screening of the Documentary: “Living Art” Sunday, February 21, from 3-4 p.m.
– Interested in joining Adath’s inclusion committee? Contact Etta Barry

Beth El Synagogue


6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, via Zoom: Celebrating Inclusion: Opening Doors to Jewish Community

This evening will explore the challenges and joys of navigating a Jewish world committed to realizing the dignity and spiritual value of every person and will celebrate the resiliency of the human spirit in the darkest of times. 

Made possible by Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) and the Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project (RSIP), this event will feature Rabbi Dr. Bradley Shavit Artson, Abner & Roslyn Goldstine Dean’s Chair of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies; his son, Jacob Artson; his wife, Elana Shavit Artson; Rabbi Menachem Creditor, Scholar-in-Residence at the UJA-Federation of New York; internationally renowned singer and songwriter, Neshama Carlebach; and Rabbi Menachem Creditor, Scholar-in-Residence at the UJA-Federation of New York.

Register to receive the Zoom link  HERE

7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, via Zoom: Jewish Federations of North America Kickoff Event – A Conversation with Itzhak Perlman

A conversation with world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman and hear from Congressional disability rights champions to kick off a month of advocacy and rededication to fight for laws, policies and norms to ensure that individuals with disabilities can live, work and prosper in a more just, inclusive and accessible society.

Register to receive the Zoom link HERE

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis (JFCS)


3-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21: JDAIM Screening of the Documentary: Living Art

“Living Art” is a film about Mara Clawson, a brilliant visual artist battling a life-threatening genetic disease. As Mara prepares for the largest gallery show of her young career, she shows us what it means to create both art and a life inspired by love and kindness. The film screening of “Living Art” will include a live Q&A with Mara, her parents, and the film’s director, David Rochkind. Learn more about the film here. View the trailer here.


Mount Zion Temple

Simi Linton

6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 – Shabbat evening speaker Simi Linton

Pulpit guest Simi Linton – disability rights scholar, activist, and artist – will be sharing remarks on the topic of “Naming Ableism.” The service will be followed by a brief Q-&-A with Linton.

1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28

Sarah McVicar
Rabbi Lauren Tuchman

Video showing of ELI Talk by Rabbi Lauren Tuchman: “We Were All At Sinai: The Transformative Power of Inclusive Torah,” followed by discussion facilitated by Mount Zion Accessibility & Inclusion Committee Chair Sarah McVicar.

Temple Israel


6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12 – Friday Shabbat Services

As we recognize Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month, Rabbi Klein will welcome Ari Ne’eman to Temple Israel for a conversation about the experience of autistic people and public policy issues around disability. Ari is the cofounder of ASAN, the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, and served for 10 years as its executive director. He served as one of President Obama’s appointees to the National Council on Disability, consults with a variety of organizations interested in health and public policy. He is currently a Ph.D. student in health policy and author of the forthcoming The Right To Live In This World.

To join by phone, dial 312-626-6799; Meeting ID: 244 094 106

9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 – Shabbat morning Torah study

Rabbi Klein welcomes Rabbi Ruti Regan as a guest teacher for Torah study. Rabbi Regan is a disabled disability advocate, a proponent of democracy, and a feminist rabbi working at the margins of Jewish community. She runs the weekly #ParshaChat Twitter Torah study group, and is the author of She was ordained by JTS in 2017, and prior to that studied at Drisha and the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. As we read the Torah portion that starts to establish a legal system for which the Jewish tradition is famous in its detail, we will learn a disability-informed approach to Torah and justice.

To join by phone, dial 312-626-6799; Meeting ID: 916 304 300