At Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac, Maryland, the largest Modern Orthodox synagogue in the Greater Washinton area, we always look forward to our annual Disability Awareness Shabbaton. Presented in partnership with Yachad, the Shabbaton includes many inspirational events. This year is no different: a full slate of events centered around disability inclusion are planned over the course of February 24-25, including a community-wide Shabbat dinner on Friday night (advance registration required), a special guest speaker, a community discussion panel, inclusive Shabbat davening with Yachad of Baltimore, and an inspirational Havdalah service and drum circle to conclude the shabbaton on Saturday evening.
Yachad is the only international organization promoting inclusion for children and adults with disabilities in the broader Jewish community. The organization works to ensure that those with diverse abilities their rightful place within the Jewish community, all while educating and advocating for a greater understanding, acceptance, outreach, and a pro-disability attitude.