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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.

Emily Kieval, Director of Inclusion

Emily grew up in West Newton and has been creating and supporting inclusive Jewish communities for over 15 years in schools, synagogues, hospitals, and camps.  She founded the Denver chapter of Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, and created and ran a Hebrew school program for children with disabilities in Denver.  In addition to being the Inclusion Coordinator at Temple Shalom, she works as a Special Education consultant for Shorashim: Birthright Israel and is a yoetzet at Camp Ramah in New England.

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.

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