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JDAIM: Jewish Disabilities and Inclusion Awareness Month

February is known as Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM).

JDAIM Programming & Events:

Tuesday, February 5, 5:30 PM at Jewish Federation of NENY,The Golub Center, 184 Washington Avenue Ext, Albany, NY 12203:  Coffee house–Brainwaves, the band from Living Resources, will perform.  Followed by clips from Shalva’s performances at Eurovision.  Light fare and beverages offered.  Shalva  The Shalva Band is on to the next round of The Rising Star in Israel. The winner of the reality TV contest represents Israel at Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv in May 2019.

Sunday, February 10, 3:20 PM to 4:20 PM at Albany JCC: We are partnering with the Bizzy Beez Activity Center to provide a multi-sensory gym for children of all ages and abilities to explore at the Albany JCC. Please register online at, in person at the Member Service Desk or email Lisa at for more information.

Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 PM at Jewish Federation of NENY,The Golub Center, 184 Washington Avenue Ext, Albany, NY 12203:  Screening of Praying With Lior. Winner of multiple awards and acclaimed by audiences around the world, Praying with Lior asks whether someone with Down syndrome can be a “spiritual genius.” Many believe Lior is close to G-d–at least that’s what his family and community believe–though he’s also a burden, a best friend, an inspiration and an embarrassment, depending on who is asked and when. As this moving and entertaining documentary moves to its climax, Lior must pass through the gateway to manhood–his Bar Mitzvah.

Wednesday, February 13 and Wednesday, February 20,  9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at Crossgates Mall: Families with special needs can experience thee LEGO Americana Roadshow created just for them at Crossgates, on the lower level by Lord & Taylor on both Wednesdays during this event. This compassionate, sensory-friendly event allows families with children with all spectrums of special needs to experience LEGOs in a comforting environment prior to mall hours.

Friday, February 15, 8:00 PM at B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation, 420 Whitehall Rd, Albany, NY 12208: During Shabbat services–there will be a talk given as part of the congregation’s effort to raise JDAIM awareness.  Roy Fruiterman will be speaking about his experiences in, “Raising a Jewish Child with Disabilities.”  The community is welcomed. 

Tuesday, February 19, starting at 1:00 PM at Congregation Ohav Shalom,113 New Krumkill Rd, Albany, NY 12208:  A sensory and child-friendly double-feature screening of Finding Nemo and Finding Dory.  Allergy friendly snacks served.  Bring comfy seating, if you wish.

Tuesday, February 26 at 7:00 PM at Jewish Federation of NENY,The Golub Center, 184 Washington Avenue Ext, Albany, NY 12203:  Screening of Life, Animated-At three years old, a chatty, energetic little boy named Owen Suskind suddenly stopped speaking and disappeared into autism. Almost four years passed and the only thing that seemed to engage Owen were Disney films. Then one day his father donned one of his son’s puppets—Iago, the wisecracking parrot from Aladdin —and asked “What’s it like to be you?” Suddenly Owen responded to his father using dialogue from the movie. Directed by Academy Award®-winner Roger Ross Williams (2009, Best Documentary – Short Subject, Music by Prudence), Life, Animated tells the remarkable story of how Owen found a pathway to language and a framework for making sense of the world through Disney animated films. By evocatively interweaving classic Disney sequences with verité scenes from Owen’s life, the film explores how identification and empathy with characters like Simba, Jafar, and Ariel create a context for him to understand his feelings and interpret reality.

Saturday, March 2 at Congregation Ohav Shalom,113 New Krumkill Rd, Albany, NY 12208: Discussion and activities will be led by David Kieval, Psy.D and Emily Kieval, MA, Educational Consultant and Inclusion Specialist, both of whom have been deeply involved with inclusion and disabilities awareness in Jewish camp, school, and other settings.  

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