Inclusion Shabbat
Saturday, February 4, 2017

This February will mark the 4th year that the Adas community will actively participate in National Jewish Disability Awareness Month.  This day is an opportunity to continue to learn from members at Adas and others from the Jewish community in DC about why inclusion is important to us, and what more we can be doing to remove physical and attitudinal barriers. The program being presented by the Inclusion Task Force is assembling a diverse group of people who have wonderful, thoughtful comments to make.  It is also an opportunity to look at the progress we at Adas have made and learn about what other congregations are doing.

For information or to get involved please contact Naomi Malka.

We welcome your active participation in the following events:

Thursday, February 2 at 9am – 5pm, Rayburn Office Building
Jewish Disability Advocacy Day on the Hill
To get involved, please email Naomi Malka

Friday, February 3 at 7pm, Sisterhood Hall
for Shabbat Dinner

Shabbat Dinner honoring Inclusion Task Force Members & Families. All are welcome!

Saturday, February 4   
Shabbat Services & Dvar Torah by Rabbi Dahlia Kronish in Smith Sanctuary
Making Sure Our List is All-Inclusive
Post-Kiddush Discussion with Guest Speaker, Rabbi Dahlia Kronish in BBM
A Special Bracha Just for Me

Sunday, February 5 at 10-11am, Adas Israel Library    
How do I Talk to my Children About Respect for Diversity?
Coffee & Discussion Led by Stephanie Slater, Adas Israel’s Early Childhood Developmental Support Coordinator

Saturday, February 18
Shabbat Services with guest speaker, Lauren Tuchman
Matan Torah as a Blueprint for Inclusion: How we can understand the Revelation at Sinai as a guide for inclusion?

Inclusion Survey

Diversity and inclusion are core Jewish values. This survey seeks to capture the experiences of all our members around their abilities to access our programs, building and communal life.  We are trying to identify barriers to full accessibility, whether they are physical, architectural, sensory, social, intellectual, or educational.

The questions will help you explain your and/or your family members’ needs to us so we can best address them.  Your answers will help us determine the best allocation of a limited amount of resources in the most intelligent way.


Ruderman Family Foundation

Adas Israel Congregation is proud to be a member of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism’s Inclusion Initiative.  Supported by a generous grant from the Ruderman Family Foundation, this national cohort is leading the curve of creating truly inclusive communities for people with disabilities.



Inclusion Task Force
Click Here to take our Inclusion Survey

The purpose of the Inclusion Task Force is to actively engage across the Adas community to collaborate and provide enriching experiences that make Adas a leader in the inclusion of individuals with all types of disabilities, welcoming them, their family and friends to our services, programs and building.  The Task Force, our Board, clergy and staff are all engaged in making this happen. 

Task Force Members: Michelle Buzgon, Pamela Ehrenberg, Joel Fischman, Marcie Goldstein, Zoe Gross, Judith Heumann, Debbie Joseph, Amanda Maisels, Naomi Malka, Aurora Reyes, Tamar Shuldiner and Sara Vogler

The Inclusion Task Force congratulates our members Linda Yitzchak, Judy Heumann, and Michelle Buzgon on being Simchat Torah honorees in October 2016.  Each of them has made enormous contributions to the goal of full inclusion in our congregation and in the larger community as well.  Mazal tov!!


Examples of Accommodations at Adas Israel

  • Quiet room with minimal sensory stimulation
  • Sign Language Interpretation
  • Gender Neutral Restroom
  • Large Print Siddurim and Machzorim
  • Allergy-friendly kiddush
  • Accesible Bimah and Reading Table
  • Full time Developmental Support Coordinator in Gan HaYeled
  • Expanded wheelchair & partner seating in sanctuaries
  • Access to livestreaming of popular events through any computer, labtop or mobile device