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Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAIM)
Programming Supported by Jewish Abilities Atlanta (JAA)

Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) unites Jewish communities to raise awareness and champion the rights of all Jews, including Jews with disabilities, to be respected, valued, and included in all aspects of Jewish community life.  In celebration of the 15th anniversary of JDAIM, The Jewish Abilities Atlanta (JAA) invited Jewish agencies to apply for funding up to $1500 for disability inclusion initiatives or programs that raises awareness and foster inclusion of people with disabilities. The following programs will be held in recognition of JDAIM.

JAA is also pleased to provide microgrant funding for JDAIM programming to: Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, SOJOURN and Oak Leaf Cooperative School.

Click on each event listed below to find out more information and also access registration links.

Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University presents "The Sky's the Limit: Women Pilots of World War II."

Today – March 23rd

Through the purchase and test implementation of four Orpheo Micro LX2 headsets, the Museum of History and Holocaust Education (MHHE) will provide access to audio descriptive tours for its on-site exhibition content, beginning with “The Sky’s the Limit: Women Pilots of World War II.” This pilot project will launch an initiative to enhance the museum experience for community members with blindness or low vision andwill also provide access to audio description content for visitors who wish to enhance their experience through engagement with audio descriptive features while also engaging with visual elements of the exhibition content. Stereo headphones providing access to audio descriptive content will also create a welcoming environment for individuals with ADHD and other conditions that impair focus in museum environments.

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Temple Emanuel presents "Koleinu Shabbat presenting the Pease Brothers"

February 2nd at 7:30pm

Pease Brothers, Kyle and Brent Pease. Temple Emanuel Koleinu Shabbat focuses on inclusion and we host a guest speaker or speakers to educate our congregation. ASL interpreting funding by JAA.

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Atlanta Jewish Film Society, Inc. presents Screening of "The Three of Us"

February 18th at 5:35PM

In 2024, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival will present over 24 days of film. From February 13 – 26, 2024, films will be presented in local Atlanta theaters, while a select group of films will be available for streaming from February 27 through March 7, 2024. Among the featured films – coinciding with Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month – will be the Israeli film “The Three of Us”, in which a young couple in an ultra-Orthodox community who challenge Israel’s established norms by integrating their autistic son into society. The film received the Best Documentary Award from the 2023 Jerusalem Film Festival. The Three of Us will be presented at the Springs Cinema & Taphouse. The screening will include a recorded Q&A session with Audrey Galex, Community Engagement Director with the AIB Network, and Henya Brodbeker, Filmmaker & Mother. Introducing remarks by JAA Training Coordinator, Lindsey Flax. The film is a nominee for our Human Rights Award which recognizes the film that best captures the perseverance and strength of those whose sense of justice guides them in the face of bigotry, inequality, and persecution. The winning film will be announced on Closing Night, Monday, February 26th at 7PM at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center at City Springs. The film is also included as part of our Virtual Cinema and will be available for streaming from February 27th through March 7th. The Q&A session will also be available. Closed captioning provided.

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Congregation Bet Haverim presents "Welcome Shabbat Initiative"

February 23rd

The goal of this initiative will be to support a diversity of people of all ages and disabilities to be engaged, included and welcomed at shabbat services. In order to accomplish this, we will purchase fidget toys, activities, books, learning materials and games that people with (and without) disabilities can use during shabbat to feel supported, included and valued during the service. While targeting February disability awareness month, the aim is for these resources to be available throughout the year and to be part of our communities regular offering, not just a special month’s observation.

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Blue Dove & JFCS (HAMSA & BeWell) presents "Quieting the Silence"

February 27th at 7:00pm

Jewish Family & Career Services and The Blue Dove Foundation hope to bring together the community and reignite the Quieting The Silence Platform – A night of education, awareness and outreach around the topic of mental health and/or substance abuse in the Jewish Community. As in the past, we will bring in 3-4 speakers to tell their stories of struggle, loss, overcoming, thriving, etc. We will also bring community orgs/experts to talk with program attendees and let them know about the services available in the Atlanta community. We have hosted these events in the past (pre-covid) and typically, over 200 people show up.

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