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YOU ARE INVITED!
The Inclusion Guiding Principles Webinar Series is launching next month!
Join us on Tuesday, February 8 from 1:00-2:00 pm (ET) for the first webinar in the eight-part series. This first webinar will focus on the principle of B’tselem Elohim | Inherent Worth.
We respect the inherent dignity and autonomy of each person. We value people because of who they are, not because of how much they produce or accomplish. Each person has something to learn, something to teach, and something to contribute to the community.
Our time together will include:
• Introduction by Sierra and Liv
• Sneak peek at Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month programming
• Preview of the Inclusion Principles Posters with Sharoni Sibony
Sharoni Sibony is a Toronto-based community organizer, artist, and adult educator across multiple disciplines including literature, ceramics, community-engaged arts, and Jewish studies. She was a fellow in the ATIQ Jewish Makers Institute and artist-in-residence at the Miles Nadal JCC during JDAAIM. Between her studies of literature and ceramics, she managed the Jewish Life Department at the Miles Nadal JCC. She is now the Adult Education Coordinator at Holy Blossom Temple, facilitator of the Morris Winchevsky School’s Secular Adult B’Mitzvah Program, and a member of Jewish Studio Project’s Creative Facilitator Training program. She has lived with fibromyalgia for over 25 years.
• A conversation with Emily Ladau moderated by Aaron Kaufman
Emily Ladau is a passionate disability rights activist, writer, storyteller, and digital communications consultant whose career began at the age of 10, when she appeared on several episodes of Sesame Street to educate children about her life with a physical disability. Her writing has been published in outlets including The New York Times, SELF, Salon, Vice, and HuffPost and her first book, Demystifying Disability, was published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, in September 2021. Emily has spoken before numerous audiences, from the U.S. Department of Education to the United Nations. Central to all of her work is a focus on and harnessing the power of storytelling as a tool for people to become engaged in disability and social justice issues.
Aaron Kaufman joined The Jewish Federations of North America’s Washington DC office in January 2016 and is their Senior Manager of Legislative Affairs. He focuses on disability and poverty issues. Aaron came from the Arc Maryland where he lobbied members of the Maryland General Assembly and the Maryland Congressional delegation on issues affecting Marylanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
Having Cerebral Palsy, Aaron feels he brings a unique perspective to JFNA’s efforts on behalf of people with disabilities. Outside of advocacy, he was the instructor in Project SEARCH Montgomery, a job-training program for young adults with significant disabilities.
Aaron graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a BA in American Studies and with several honors. He is on the Executive Committee of the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes and is the former Vice Chair of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council. He also served on the Board of the National Association of Developmental Disabilities Councils as well as the Board of Disability Rights Maryland.
This meeting requires registration. Please click here to register.