Encompass

Meeting the needs of adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and ensuring their inclusion in the Jewish community is a civil rights issue that compels our community’s unwavering commitment. Read more about JUF’s efforts to expand Jewish community-based services for these adults so that they can live safe, productive and meaningful lives and to enhancing inclusion so that they can fully participate in our Jewish community.

What’s happening now...

  • All Jews with disabilities and/or anxiety/depression may join RespectAbility's virtual Kehila (community), a Zoom space to bring us together to support and connect with each other at this very unusual time. The inaugural meeting will be 3/26 at 3:00 p.m. CDT, followed by a meeting on Tuesday 3/31, also at 3:00 p.m. CDT. In both cases, we will be using this Zoom link.

  • The 12th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York will take place March 31 - April 6, 2020. All films and Q+As will be streamed online only and require advance registration. Learn more.

  • Recently Netflix launched the film Crip Camp, a documentary about a camp in New York State during the 1970s that was a critical bonding opportunity for many young people with disabilities, who went on to become leaders in the disability movement. It's an amazing film and if you have Netflix we urge you to watch this important story! 

  • Please review our list of COVID-19 resources for people with disabilities.