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February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), a time when the North American Jewish community comes together to raise awareness and support efforts to foster inclusion of people with disabilities and their families in Jewish communities worldwide. The goal of JDAIM is to shift our attitudes to see that having a disability is part of the human condition, and to see the humanity in each person we meet. Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month is universally recognized in February, but the need to belong and be included goes on month after month, day after day, year after year.

Many Jews who live with disabilities, and their loved ones, still don’t have access to many opportunities to engage in Jewish life. People with disabilities have gifts and talents to share, as well as the need for community, support and comfort provided by the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and its partner agencies and organizations. Participating in JDAIM offers the opportunity to engage in the important work of ensuring that ALL Jews, without regard to ability, have access to Jewish life — to work, live, love, play, learn and worship as they choose, where they choose, and to contribute to our Jewish community.

JDAIM has grown in the past eight years to become a nationally supported effort to discover new, dynamic and interactive ways to develop insight and understanding about individuals with special needs in our own Jewish community, and to explore meaningful inclusion practices.

This year, Federation, in partnership with the Miami Jewish Film Festival and the Galbut Family Miami Beach JCC on the Simkins Family Campus, is thrilled to launch JDAIM 2017 with its third annual awareness film screening on January 25, 2017 with the Florida premiere of My Hero Brother. (See description below.)

Here is a look at what else is happening this month and how you can take part:

  • LIKE the Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month Facebook page for year-round updates on Jewish inclusion efforts and to connect with other advocates. This page supports initiatives and programs throughout the entire year that raise awareness and work to bring people with disabilities, their families, and those who love them into their Jewish communities in meaningful ways.
  • LEARN with Hineinu, an innovative collaboration of disability professionals, activists, and policy experts from the Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative and Orthodox Jewish communities, designed to increase disability inclusion in synagogues for people of all abilities. This guide includes resources for congregational leaders, as well as Jewish texts relevant to disability issues.
  • TAG your social media posts with #JDAIM17 to talk about disability issues with the Jewish community all month long.
  • ENGAGE in Miami Jewish community awareness and celebration events.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
Miami Jewish Film Festival
My Hero Brother Florida Premiere
Galbut Family Miami Beach JCC on the Simkins Family Campus | 4221 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach

In this powerfully inspiring and heartfelt film, a group of remarkable young people with Down syndrome embarks on a demanding trip through the Indian Himalayas accompanied by their “normal” brothers and sisters. Directed by Yonatan Nir, the film is in Hebrew with English subtitles. Sponsored by Simon Kaminetsky.
There’s no cost to attend, but reservations are required, as space is limited.
Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Friday, February 3, 2017 | 6 p.m.
Shabbat in American Sign Language (ASL)
Temple Judea | 5500 Granada Boulevard, Coral Gables

Join Temple Judea for its first Shabbat service in American Sign Language (ASL). Promising to provide a meaningful experience to those who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as to the general community, the service will be tailored to help meet the physical and spiritual needs of participants. Those with special requests should contact the synagogue before February 3.
Click here for live streaming beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 3.

Saturday, February 11, 2017 | Noon (following Shabbat Services)
Sensory Tu B’Shevat Seder
Beth David Congregation | 2625 SW Third Avenue, Miami

Join Beth David and Gordon School families for a highly interactive Sensory Tu B’Shevat Seder. Participants will explore different flavors, scents and textures of exotic fruit just as Jewish mystics did. For more information, call Olga at 305.854.3911.

Sunday, February 12, 2017 | Noon – 4 p.m.
Association for Jewish Special Education (AJSE) Exhibit
Temple Sinai of North Dade (TSND) | 18801 NE 22 Avenue, Miami

The Association for Jewish Special Education joins in celebrating JDAIM with an exhibit of AJSE literature, educational materials, an extensive photo collection, and an impressive autobiography of Benee Mills Paley, AJSE Education Coordinator. In addition to viewing the exhibit, the community is invited to participate in TSND’s 18th Annual Tu B'Shevat Celebration from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., featuring games, crafts, music and refreshments.

Sunday, February 12, 2017 | 2:45 – 6 p.m.
Florida Yachad and The Tribe
Jews in Canoes
Oleta River State Park | 3400 NE 163 Street, North Miami Beach

Enjoy an afternoon of kayaking fun and inclusion education with a Tu B'Shevat Seder! Staff from Florida Yachad will begin the afternoon leading a Sensitivity Training Session to typically functioning Tribesters during this meaningful, inclusive outing.
Click here to RSVP.

Friday, February 17, 2017 | 6 p.m.
Shabbat Service With Guest Speaker Sabrina Cohen
Temple Beth Sholom | 4144 Chase Avenue, Miami Beach

Sabrina Cohen is Founder/President of the Sabrina Cohen Foundation. Born and raised in Miami Beach, she endured a severe C3-5 spinal cord injury in 1992 at the age of 14 from a car accident. As an adult, she has worked tirelessly to advocate for research and quality of life health initiatives, and is a motivational speaker and spokesperson.
For more information, contact Mark Baranek at 305.538.7231 or Mark@tbsmb.org.

Friday, February 17, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
Shabbat Service With Bold Beauty Project
Temple Israel of Greater Miami | 137 NE 19 Street, Miami

Rabbi Tom Heyn's sermon will focus on the Jewish tradition’s sensitivity to those who have unique gifts and qualities and how that translates into our daily lives and the communities in which we live. Temple Israel strives to create a community that is uniquely progressive and exceptionally inclusive. After the Shabbat Service, guest speaker Shelly Baer will talk about the work she has done to raise awareness through her Bold Beauty Project. For more information, visit TempleIsrael.net or call 305.573.5900.

Sunday & Monday, February 19 & 20, 2017
Friendship Circle of Miami Beach and North Dade

Bike 4 Friendship from Miami to Key West. Ride 180 miles over two days through the magnificent Florida Keys to benefit children with special needs.
Click here to RSVP.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 | 7 p.m.
Special Screening of My Hero Brother
Temple Beth Sholom | 4144 Chase Avenue, Miami Beach

In this powerfully inspiring and heartfelt film, a group of remarkable young people with Down syndrome embarks on a demanding trip through the Indian Himalayas accompanied by their “normal” brothers and sisters. Directed by Yonatan Nir, the film is in Hebrew with English subtitles.
For more information, contact Mark Baranek at 305.538.7231 or Mark@tbsmb.org.

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