Resources for you and your family to highlight the message of Inclusion and Mental Wellness before, during, and after Shabbat in your home. It will stimulate conversations, discussions and many meaningful memories and positive experiences will be created for each participating family member. Learn More.

“Greet all people with a smile.”

Ethics of the Fathers 3:16

Intro to ASL Class – Macks Center for Jewish Education
Mondays, February 1, 8, 15 and 22, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
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 Classes will be online. Register Now

Read with Karma Dogs – Macks Center for Jewish Education
Tuesday, February 2, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Shy or reluctant readers are welcome to join us in the CJE Library 5708 Park Heights Avenue 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. Contact Jessica Fink for more information

JDAIM Author Talk with Jodi Samuels, author of Chutzpah, Wisdom and Wine: The Journey of an Unstoppable Woman – Macks Center for Jewish Education
Tuesday, February 9, 7:00 p.m.
From Johannesburg to Jerusalem, with a stopover in Manhattan, Jodi Samuel’s mission is to change the world, one small, unique step at a time. An entrepreneur, international speaker, special needs advocate and super mom, Jodi will share her unique perspective on finding the positive message and Jewish values in everyday challenges. No cost to participate. Registrants can purchase Jodi’s book at a discounted rate of $8. Register Now

Kol Echad Inclusive Shabbat Service
Friday, February 12, time TBD
Interactive, sensory-friendly Shabbat service for children of ALL abilities. For more information contact Rachel Plotkin at

ASL Meetup – Macks Center for Jewish Education
Tuesday, February 23, 7:00 p.m.
A chance for ASL users to schmooze with friends, practice Sign Language and play some fun, Jewish learning games. For more information contact Yael Zelinger at

Specialized Solutions – Macks Center for Jewish Education
Wednesday, February 17, 8:00 p.m.
A monthly series of discussions on resources for families with a child with special needs. Once a month the Maryland Special Needs Advocacy Project coordinator will field questions. In February we will hear from Dr Jacob Priluck, neuropsychologist, as well as Martha Goodman, MDSNAP Coordinator. Register by emailing

How to Communicate with People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing – Macks Center for Jewish Education
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 – Macks Center for Jewish Education
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

View the JDAIM Calendar of Events




A month of education, solidarity-building, and empowerment in support of people with disabilities, powered by the Jewish Federations of North America. Please reach out with any questions or concerns. Register Now

Week 1: Empowerment
Wednesday, February, 3, 7:00 p.m. –  JDAIM Kickoff – Our Time, Our Fight with Itzhak Perlman
Thursday, February, 4, 12:00 p.m. – A Culture of Belonging at Your JCC
Featured Partner: JCC Association of North America

Week 2: Breaking Barriers
Monday, February 8, 3:00 p.m. – Mental Health and Isolation. Featured Partner: Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies
Wednesday, February 10, 12:00 p.m. – Ready, Willing and Able: Disability in Israel. Featured Partner: The Jewish Federations of North America
Wednesday, February 10, 7:00 p.m. – How Families and Communities Can Support Youth with Disabilities. Featured Partners: Foundation for Jewish Camp & Prizmah

Week 3: Creating Opportunity
Wednesday, February 17, 12:00 p.m. – Smart Business: Making the Case for Inclusive Hiring. Featured Partner: The Jewish Federations of North America
Thursday, February 18, 8:00 p.m. – From Stigma to Story: Hands-On Training Session. Featured Partners: BBYO & Hillel International

Week 4: Disability Rights are Civil Rights: Advocacy Week
Monday, February 22, 7:00 p.m. – The State of Disability Rights Policy: What Matters Most Now?
Tuesday, February 23, 3:00 p.m. – Effective Advocacy for Inclusive Policy
Wednesday, February 24, 12:00 p.m. – We the People Means All of Us
Thursday, February 25, 12:00 p.m. – JDAM Closing-Making Inclusion a Reality

Coaching Colton, ReelAbilities Film – Sponsored by the Jewish Abilities Alliance Network
Monday, February 22, 7:00 p.m.

Americans Live With an Autism Spectrum Disorder
of Children Have Been Diagnosed with a Developmental Disability
Contact Us