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    Opening Our Minds to New Forms of Inclusion: Pokeakh Ivrim

    "But accessibility is about more than overcoming physical barriers to participation; inclusion must also be understood spiritually." 

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    Adapting Jewish Mourning Customs for a Special Needs Family

    "Traditional Jewish rituals don't always leave space for life's complications—whether it's mourning across time zones or children with special needs..."

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    Participating in Jewish Community as a Deaf Person

    "Being deaf has forced me to internalize the rhythms and rituals of Judaism so deeply that they have become inextricable from myself..."

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    Prayer for Inclusion

    "Guide me as I work to create space where each unique person feels comfortable and seen, and where differences are seen as a blessing."


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Fourteen years ago I accompanied Stephanie to meet with the rabbi of one of the synagogues in my hometown of Minneapolis. It was a unique experience for Stephanie, who lives with cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. It was the first time she had been in a synagogue since moving to the Twin Cities fifteen years earlier. 

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