Disability Awareness Shabbat

Social Justice and the Disability Movement--Broadening the Narrative


In a recent EQUALS CHANGE BLOG, Why disability rights are central to social justice work--and what we're doing about it, Noorain Kahn, Program Office in the Office of the President of the Ford Foundation, writes "...that our focus on inequality demands that we think seriously about disability issues."

Social Justice is one of the primary expressions of modern Reform Judaism. Our Temple Sinai congregation actively addresses the issues of poverty, homelessness, healthcare, education, immigration, criminal justice reform, LGBTQ community. the environment, and more. Historically, we have approached access and disability as issues separate from the larger social justice narrative.

On February 16, the Access Committee will host a panel with Susan Henderson, Executive Director of the world renowned DREDF (Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund), Jessica Lehman, Executive Director of San Francisco's Senior & Disability Action, and our own Access Committee Chair, Rabbi Ruth Adar. We will explore disability issues specifically as social justice issues, and examine the ways in which disability issues and social action intersect. Please join us for this enlightening Jewish Disability Awareness Shabbat. Service begins at 7:30.