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...

Organizations that engage Jewish young adults are seeking your participation and contributions, and the Peer Inclusion Ambassador program is designed to facilitate inclusion. To participate, register on the organization's website, AND contact TOV to request a Peer Inclusion Ambassador.

  • YLD’s BIG EVENT is on Saturday, Oct. 29. When you register, remember to contact TOV to request a Peer Inclusion Ambassador. Also indicate that you are part of the Encompass group. See you there! 

  • JCFS Chicago is offering Workplace Social Skills for individuals with disabilities. Topics that will be covered include understanding different work relationships, small talk, boundaries, accepting criticism and more. The class will be offered on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:45 pm beginning on October 26 through December 21.

  • The Parent Training and Information Center is offering a free webinar on Special Needs and Future Planning.  Advance registration is required for the webinar, which will be held on Monday, November 21 at 10 am.

  • The SELAH Choir is beginning its 6th year of joyful music. The choir meets meet at Congregation Beth Shalom, 3433 Walters Avenue, in Northbrook IL at 2:00PM until 3:00PM, most Sundays between September and June, with some occasional breaks.

    The choir is composed of a very welcoming group of adults and its directors, Cantor Amy Zussman, Cantor Steven Stoehr and Julie Kahn.  After some initial good and welfare chatting the time is spent in learning about the piece of music, the Hebrew (if it is pertinent), and working on blending together. This past year the choir focused on music of Debbie Freidman and the year culminated with a concert program for the general public. The breadth of repertoire which the choir has mastered over the past five years is impressive for a group of amateur singers. SELAH has also produced a CD of music entitled SELAH-bration.

    Anyone over the age of 17 is welcomes to join this choir. To find out about any more information one may call Cantor Steven Stoehr at his office 847.498.4100 extension 14. You’ll be sure to receive a call back promptly. 

  • 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!