Congregation Kol Ami Celebrates Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month with Guest Speaker
Hosted By Congregation Kol Ami
Took place on Friday, February 8th, 2019 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Congregation Kol Ami
8201 High School Rd, Elkins Park, PA 19027
This February, Congregation Kol Ami is rededicating itself to creating a truly inclusive Jewish community within our temple, as Jewish communities across North America celebrate Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). This Friday evening, all are welcome at Kol Ami’s annual JDAIM Shabbat service, with special guest author/educator Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, director of of Whole Community Inclusion at Jewish Learning Venture. Gabby will share stories and insights about the Jewish values of inclusion from a personal perspective, highlighting both her journey as a mom of a son with autism and an intellectual disability, and about what she discovered when researching her book The Little Gate Crasher about her Great-Uncle Mace Bugen, who was a dwarf. Gabby's message focuses on resilience, love, and the importance of community. You can order a copy of The Little Gate Crasher at Open Book in Elkins Park in advance of the evening and Gabby will be delighted to sign books at the Oneg Shabbat following the service. Congregation Kol Ami is an intimate and dynamic Reform synagogue in Elkins Park, which this year welcomed Rabbi Leah Berkowitz to its bimah. A warm and welcoming community where everyone can connect spiritually and socially, Kol Ami offers a preschool in partnership with Federation Early Learning Services, a Jewish education for grades K through 12, and a breadth of adult education, worship and social action opportunities. For more information, email Rachel Ezekiel-Fishbein.