Itanu Toronto Resources

 

A. JEWISH INCLUSION EFFORTS THROUGH JEWISH MOVEMENTS

 

Resources Union for Reform Judaism

Developed in partnership with the Ruderman Family Foundation, the Disabilities Inclusion Learning Center is an open resource for all to use. The website is a  comprehensive source for information, resources, and webinars. URJ congregations that

have excelled in one or more areas of inclusive practice can apply to be recognized as an Exemplar Congregation.

 

United Synagogue Of Conservative Judaism

United Synagogue has launched an initiative to transform Conservative congregations into truly inclusive communities for people with disabilities. The Ruderman Inclusion Action Community of 16 synagogues is advancing inclusion in congregations across North America.

USCJ also has resources available online.

 

Jewish Reconstructionist Communities

JRC features a plethora of text and parshiot commentaries on disabilities and inclusion. The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College offers a  free online course on disability inclusion with video sessions with Rabbis Judith Abramson, Evan Jaffe and Dan Grossman.

 

Orthodox Union/Yachad

Through Yachad, communities and schools are engaged in concrete ways to include all members of their Jewish community activities and services. Resources are shared with synagogues and temples about strategies to make their environments and ideology inclusive.

 

The Ruderman Chabad Inclusion Initiative (RCII) is dedicated to building on the philosophy and mission of Chabad Lubavitch by providing Chabad communities around the globe the education and resources they need to advance inclusion of people with disabilities. RCII engages Chabad’s network of human and educational resources to create a Culture of Inclusion so that  all Jews feel welcomed, supported, and valued throughout their entire lifecycle.

 

B. Accessibility and Alternate Format

 

  1. Clear Print Guidelines from the CNIB
  2. Accessible Event and Conference Planning Guide
  3. Examples of Holiday and Jewish ritual Social Stories (benefits all kids, including kids with Autism) from Rodeph Shalom Congregation.  More examples through Gateways.
  4. Accessible Haggadah for children with disabilities
  5. Large print Haggadot and Siddurim
  6. Braille Jewish texts and siddurim

 

C. Local Resources:

 

DANI Toronto’s Toronto Jewish Disabilities Network Guide

http://dani-toronto.com/pdfs/TJDRG_final.pdf

 

D. Funding:

  1. Enabling Accessibility Federal Grant
  2. Ontario Trillium Foundation
  3. Enabling Change Program