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Breaking down barriers and contributing

02/21/2019 12:07:50 PM


Emily Kieval

In the beginning of this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tissa, we read that each of the Israelites was expected to give meaningfully toward the building of the sanctuary for the Tabernacle, the portable shrine that would be carried through the desert. Every one of the children of Israel, from age 20 and up, regardless of wealth or ability, was obligated to contribute. In essence, the sanctuary could not be completed without full community participation.
We at Temple Shalom take this message to heart. We know that our community is not complete, and that we are not whole, without the contributions and full participation of our members with disabilities. Throughout February, which is Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), it has been a joy to read stories by Temple Shalom members highlighting the experiences of people with disabilities in our community. Their stories offer profound reminders of the importance of our ongoing work to help Temple Shalom grow as a truly inclusive community.
As we come to the end of JDAIM we must continue to appeal directly to every person and every family in our community to break down the barriers that might prevent full participation. Together, we can build a dynamic sanctuary in which each of us may worship, learn, find friends and contribute meaningfully.

Emily Kieval is the Temple Shalom Director of Inclusion.

Fri, July 19 2019 16 Tammuz 5779