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An Accessible Bat Mitzvah – Talkback With 13-Year-Old Disability Rights Advocate

In case you missed it, enjoy this inspiring conversation featuring Gavi Engel-Yan, a 13-year-old disability advocate and activist from Ontario, Canada. Gavi was born with a rare neuromuscular condition called nemaline myopathy causing her to be in a wheelchair and affects her speaking voice.

Gavi dedicated her bat mitzvah to advocating for accessibility in the Jewish world. During this virtual talkback, she addressed the joys and oy’s preparing for this milestone in her Jewish life and how she overcame barriers as a young Jewish girl with disabilities trying to participate in Jewish communal life.

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Messy Day At The J: Sensory Friendly Edition

We loved welcoming our community to get in on the mess! Families enjoyed kinetic sand, slime, shaving cream, face and finger paints and much more. While this program is fun for the whole family, it also offers a space for children to step away from the mess and find a quiet zone with fidgets and noise cancelling headphones. We hope you’ll join us for our next Messy Day!

Why You Should Participate in JDAIM with Us

Raise awareness and affirm that inclusion and belonging are essential to well-being and quality of life of people with disabilities, mental health conditions and caregivers—like anyone else.

Underscore the importance of choosing one’s own Jewish journey.

Support people with disabilities and mental health conditions in all aspects of communal life—as they choose.

Be part of a growing worldwide initiative to support participation and involvement in communal life.

Advocate for the civil rights of people with disabilities and mental health conditions.

Understand and overcome stigma, prejudice, biases, stereotypes, and myths about disability and mental health conditions.