During Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month, the Orangetown Jewish Center is taking its mission of inclusion to the next level. With the addition of the renewed OJC Inclusion Committee for people with special needs, a group of congregants have been planning for the special month. The committee’s role is to ensure the consistent messaging and focus on each individual’s needs and strengths, not on their limitations.
Throughout February, the OJC’s Facebook page will feature personal testimonials and organizational stories about disability awareness, acceptance, and inclusion from a Jewish perspective, here and around the world. There will be links to podcasts, You Tube videos, and online articles.
The culmination of the celebration will be at the OJC on Friday night, March 1, when the shul welcomes its guest speaker, the Honorable Justice Richard H. Bernstein, the first blind person elected to the Michigan State Supreme Court. Justice Bernstein has been recognized as a legal scholar and an advocate for social justice. An avid marathoner and triathlete, at 37 he completed the Half-Israman Triathalon in Eilat, Israel assisted by an Israeli Air Force pilot.
For more information, go to www.theojc.org or call (845) 359-5920. The shul is at 8 Independence Ave., in Orangeburg, N.Y.