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Our Inclusive Community

Temple Shalom is deeply committed to inclusive Jewish education, programming, and worship and welcoming and supporting all members of our sacred community.

How do we practice inclusion at Temple Shalom?

  • Our facility is wheelchair accessible from all levels via elevator. 
  • An "inclusion cart" stocked with fidget toys, hearing assistance devices, and large print prayer books is present at all worship services.
  • We have two "all-gender" restrooms in our facility and directions to these restroom can be found on every restroom door.
  • We ask about food allergies when hosting events where food is involved, and make every effort to accommodate. 
  • We work closely with Gateways to ensure that every child has access to Jewish Education. Our K-6 program has two special educators on staff. 

Our Inclusion Community Task Force is constantly working to make our home safe and inclusive for all who walk through the doors. To get involved, send an email to Rabbi Allison Berry.

Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project

Temple Shalom is proudly partnered with the Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project, a partnership between Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the Ruderman Family Foundation to support synagogues in creating communities where people of all abilities are valued equally and participate fully.

Inclusion Shabbat speaker focuses on universal
Friday, Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m. services; 7:30 p.m. dinner and speaker
Universal inclusion activist, educator and lawyer Matan Koch will speak at the Inclusion Shabbat dinner on “Beyond Inclusion: Cultivating True Participation for People with Disabilities” during dinner following Inclusion Shabbat services. President Obama appointed Matan to the National Council on Disability.
"I have set out to ignite a fire for universal inclusion," Matan says on his website. "My speeches and workshops, while born of of an enthusiasm for the moral and emotional imperative to include people with disabilities in all aspects of life, show that true inclusion encompasses anyone with a barrier to participation, and that the universal inclusion model in fact benefits everyone. At its heart, universal inclusion creates a world where everyone's talents and abilities can be accessed equally, and everyone can participate fully in life.
Registration for the dinner/speaker is closed.

Tue, January 22 2019 16 Sh'vat 5779