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Accessibility and inclusion are core values, rooted in the ancient idea of B'tzelem Elohimthat we are all created in God's image. We work to make all programs and services welcoming. That means understanding and celebrating our diversity as Jews; and respecting the independence and dignity of every congregant and visitor, inviting the full participation of everyone, creating opportunities for all to engage and feel welcomed.

We have been named an Exemplar Congregation by the Disabilities Inclusion Learning Center, a partnership of the Union for Reform Judaism and the Ruderman Family Foundation.

Temple Sinai's Accessibility and Inclusion Committee recommends several resources to help deepen understanding of these core values: 

Union for Reform Judaism maintains a page dedicated to Racial Equity, Diversity & Inclusion with several resources related to inclusion of people with disabilities. In addition, the URJ offers a Disabilities Inclusion Learning Center, in partnership with the Ruderman Family Foundation.

RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization, has compiled resources for religious institutions with a particular focus on the Jewish community

Jewish National Fund, in raising funds to support people with special needs in Israel, has a list of programs that are a rich source of ideas about how to enhance accessibility and inclusion.

Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles maintains a curated list of films and TV shows with sophisticated depictions of people with disabilities and special needs. 

Local Inclusive & Accessible Outdoors Resources recommended by our Temple Sinai A&I Committee!

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