“Greet all people with a smile.”

Ethics of the Fathers 3:16

How to Communicate with People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Workshops available on-site for any Jewish agency, school or synagogue Communication is the key to building relationships and let’s face it; good business is all about relationships. Learn how to include people who communicate differently and much more.
Learn more by contacting Yael Zelinger at 410-735-5023 or

B’More Inclusive Awareness and Sensitivity Workshops
Educational activities available for small or large groups to learn to foster inclusion and acceptance of individuals with disabilities. Training for teachers on how to weave inclusion and awareness concepts throughout the school year is also available.
Learn more by contacting Yael Zelinger at 410-735-5023 or

Read with Karma Dogs
Tuesday, February 1, 4:30-5:30 pm
Shy or reluctant readers are welcome to join us on Zoom from the CJE Library to read to Karma Dogs from H.E.A.R.T.S. Help Encourage All Readers to Success. Karma dogs are friendly, nonjudgmental and good listeners. No cost.
Registration required. Contact Jessica Fink for information

Movie Night: “How Jack Became Black”
Wednesday, February 2, 7:00-9:00 pm
Weinberg Park Heights JCC Community Room
This groundbreaking documentary features the challenge of Eli Steele, a Deaf man born to a black father and a Jewish mother, who is stunned when his son is denied enrollment to an elementary school for refusing to check a race box. The film challenges the notion of “Identity Politics” and its impact on society. Open captions will be displayed.
Registration required. Email

Planning for Success: Using Visual Aids to Support Working Memory 
Wednesday, February 2, 8:00-9:00 pm
Join SHEMESH and CHADD of Greater Baltimore for this support group session facilitated by Leah Golfeyz, Special Education and Support Consultant, SHEMESH.

Creating Calm in the Storm
Thursday, February 3, 6:30-7:30 pm
Learn easy to use tools and strategies that can help us manage stress and build resilience through life’s ups and downs. Presenter from Jewish Community Services: Howard Resnick, LCSW-C, Senior Manager of Prevention & Wellness

All programs offered via Zoom and are free and open to the public.

Registration is required.

JDAIM Tot Shabbat
Fridays 4, 11, 18, 25
Join the fun at for special JDAIM Tot Shabbat featuring special friends and stories with an inclusive message. Location TBD.

Family+School Connection: Ready for Play
Sunday, February 6, 10:00 am
Join SHEMESH for a virtual meet-up for parents of preschoolers, featuring Chumi Millman, Speech and Language Pathologist.
Register at to receive a zoom link

Intro to ASL Class
Mondays: February 7, 14, 21, 28; 7:30-9:00 pm
In just four sessions, learn basic vocabulary and grammar, beginning conversational skills and get an introduction to deaf culture and community. For ages 14 and up. Cost: $40

Fishing Rod
Thursday, February 10, 1:00–2:30 pm
A conversation for parents, caregivers, and service providers on ways to empower adults with disabilities to increase their independence and ability to advocate for themselves.
This training will help participants:
• Develop strategies to support their adult client or child in navigating a path towards independence
• Enhance their ability to assist their client or child in building skills for independent decision making, self-advocacy, and self-determination
• Coach their client or child in establishing and maintaining healthy relationships and boundaries
Presenters from Jewish Community Services:
Jamie Leboe, Career Coach
Karen Holt, Service Coordinator
Stacie Atkins, Service Coordinator

Kol Echad Inclusive Shabbat Service
Friday, February 11
Interactive, sensory-friendly Shabbat service for children of ALL abilities. Geared for children age 5-10. No cost. RSVP required.

Collaboration: The Key to Success
Support Group for Parents of Children with ASD and Related Disorders 

Tuesday, February 15, 8:00-9:00 pm
Join representatives from Autism Speaks, Blue Balloon, NeuroBehavioral Associates and SHEMESH as we discuss how to build a supportive team for your child. Listen to Samara Shalom, Speech Language Pathologist and owner of SpeechLeap, a Pediatric Speech and OT company, present her perspective as a therapist and passionate collaborator.

Planning for the Future of Your Loved Ones: An Introduction to First Maryland Disability Trust, Inc.
Wednesday, February 16, 1:00-2:30 pm
Learn how to plan for your loved one’s future including the steps to take in creating a disability trust. Presenter: Sharon Ritter-Beall, Esq., President First Maryland Disability Trust

Parenting Unpacked: Radical Self-Acceptance
Wednesday, February 16, 7:00pm
As humans, and especially parents, we’re hard on ourselves and are often our own loudest critic. Join 4Front for a virtual Parenting Unpacked session with BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy and learn how to “turn down the volume”, practice radical self-acceptance, and nurture self-compassion during times of insecurity or self-doubt. In this session, parents will learn about the concept of radical self-acceptance and build practical skills to help both yourself and your teen interrupt the cycle of negative self-talk. BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy works with Jewish youth and young adults to ensure they have the confidence, skills, and community support to navigate life’s challenges and thrive in the face of adversity.

Basics of SSI, SSD, and Long-Term Financial Planning for Individuals with Disabilities
Thursday, February 17, 1:00- 2:30 pm
This program will clear up common misconceptions about Social Security disability benefits, work guidelines, and pathways to financial independence.
• Understand the basic differences between Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and employment rules for each.
• Learn how the Achieve a Better Life Experience (ABLE) savings and investment account can promote financial well-being and help you and your family achieve long-term stability.
Presenter from Jewish Community Services: Ben Temin, Coordinator for Economic Sufficiency

Baltimore Jewish Abilities Alliance Presents: A Conversation with American Disability Rights Activist Judy Heumann
Tuesday, February 22, 7:00-8:00 pm
An evening with Judy Heumann, groundbreaking civil and disability rights activist and self-advocate.
Hear about her experience as a leader in the movement to ensure that people with disabilities have a place in our community.

Jewish Federations of North America- Jewish Disability Advocacy Day
February 23 and 24
Join JFNA virtually on February 23 and 24 as we come together from diverse communities across North America to harness our collective power and break down barriers to opportunity and inclusion. Help advance policies that will empower millions of individuals with disabilities to lead more independent and fulfilling lives.

Strategic Approaches to Job Development
Wednesday, February 23, 1:00-2:30 pm
Lisa Cohn and Michael Fine will explain their roles at Ignite Career Center and how they cultivate and maintain relationships with employers to create work opportunities (in-person, hybrid, and remote) for both businesses and clients of the Ignite Career Center.
• What makes Ignite a dynamic career center
• The types of support provided to clients and employers
• Tips that help job seekers stand out in a competitive job market
Presenters from the Ignite Career Center of Jewish Community Services: Lisa Cohn, PHR, Remote Work Strategist and Michael Fine, Employer Representative

ADHD Like You!
A Virtual Discussion with Kids with ADHD in Grade 4 through High School
Wednesday, February 23, 7:30-8:30 pm via Zoom
Meet other kids like you and learn how they have made the most of their unique abilities and dealt with their challenges. Share your own special strengths and ideas. Hear from young adults with ADHD about what it’s like to be working toward achieving their dreams.

Specialized Solutions
Wednesday, February 23, 8:00 pm via Zoom
Specialized Solutions is a monthly informational session for parents and professionals on a variety of topics related to special education and disabilities.
Registration required. Email

Parenting Unpacked: PhD in Parenting Teens and Tweens.
Choice of two cohorts: Wednesdays at 7:00pm – 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6 OR Thursdays at 12:00pm – 3/3, 3/10, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14
Join 4Front for this exciting 6-week, virtual, cohort-based experience to earn your “PhD in Parenting” teens and tweens! Erica Hruby of Anchored Parenting leads parents through six sessions of proven parent education methodologies, enhancing parent-teen relationships, improving parenting skills, and enabling parents to create a healthy, peaceful, and respectful home environment.
Cost: FREE! This program is being offered free to all parents, a $225 value.
To register, visit



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