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JDAIM: Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

February is known as Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). The Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York is proud to join together with Jewish organizations and communities from all over the world in this unified effort to raise awareness and champion the civil rights of people with disabilities.
 
Together we can foster a more inclusive Jewish community that emphasizes the value, dignity, and capabilities of each and every individual.

JDAIM Programming & Events
All events are free (unless otherwise noted) and are open to the community:

Tuesday, February 5, 5:30 PM at Jewish Federation of NENY,The Golub Center, 184 Washington Avenue Ext., Albany, NY 12203:  Coffeehouse–The Brainwaves, the band from Living Resources, will perform, followed by clips from Shalva’s performances at Eurovision.  Light fare and beverages offered. The Brainwaves is a band comprised of members who have survived a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  The band is dedicated to bringing music and joy to others.  The Brainwaves Band is part of the Acquired Brain Injury Program at Living Resources Corp. based in Albany, NY.   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, 1:45 PM to 2:30 PM at Schenectady JCC: Annual Mid-Winter Summer Blowout event. An open house to promote the different departments of the JCC.  On that day, we will offer a dedicated slot for sensible swimming from 1:45 PM to 2:30 PM. More info can be obtained by contacting Pablo Olivares, Aquatics Director.  There will be sensory activities during the event.

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 www.albanyjcc.org/register, in person at the Member Service Desk or email Lisa at LisaM@albanyjcc.org 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 children with special needs can experience the 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 children with special needs to experience LEGOs in a comforting environment prior to mall hours.

Wednesday, February 13, 7:00 PM at  Jewish Federation of NENY,The Golub Center, 184 Washington Avenue Ext., Albany, NY 12203 (PAID EVENT)Coloring isn’t just for the kids anymore, it’s also for adults! Coloring can reduce stress, anxiety, and be overall therapeutic. Join us for Color Me Calm with NextDor. NextDor: The Next Generation of Leadership is the Young Adult Division of Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York, ages 22-40. REGISTER HERE:  https://www.jewishfedny.org/events/colormecalm2019/

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 welcome. 

Tuesday, February 19, starting at 1:00 PM at Congregation Ohav Shalom, 113 New Krumkill Rd, Albany, NY 12208:  Join us for a double-feature screening of Finding Nemo and Finding Dory. Allergy friendly snacks served. Bring comfy seating and blankets! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sunday, February 24, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM at Ring Around the Spectrum, 1214 Troy Schenectady Rd, Latham, 12110 (PAID EVENT): Enjoy the end of winter break with a round of fun before school starts again! Join the NextDor Young Families cluster at Ring Around the Spectrum in Latham for an afternoon of play. Ring Around is a sensory gym that’s suitable for all ages and abilities. Please note that this is not a drop-off event, and parents are welcomed to sit on the couch and hang out with one another while their kids play. NextDor: The Next Generation of Leadership is the Young Adult Division of Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York, ages 22-40. REGISTER HERE: https://www.jewishfedny.org/events/ringaroundthespectrum2019/ 

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. 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.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OY5wsdfgjXg

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.  

Questions? Contact Marci Galinkin at (518) 783-7800 ext. 239 or mgalinkin@jewishfedny.org.

All In: Our Inclusive Community is dedicated to advancing and fostering inclusion, ensuring that everyone feels invited and encouraged to participate in Jewish life in the Capital Region. 

The Nathan L. and Suzanne K. Wolfson Fund Merit Award program provides merit awards for Jewish undergraduate students who are blind or visually impaired and are attending accredited colleges or universities.  The awards are administered by JBI International in accordance with the Wolfson Fund’s guidelines.  Each awardee will receive at least $2,500, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.  For additional information and to apply, visit http://www.wolfsonfund.org

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