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Yad B’Yad strives to support people with disabilities (and their friends and family members) achieve meaningful participation in Jewish living and learning experiences.  The Center for Jewish Engagement and Learning is committed to the value of inclusion and the philosophy that everyone has something of value to contribute and that everyone has a right to belong.

In a Jewish context, Disability is a dimension of human diversity.

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha’olam, m’shaneh habriyot.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, ruler of the universe, who makes creatures different.
                                  -Blessings of Praise and Gratitude

A human being mints many coins and each one is identical.  But the Holy one, blessed be God, strikes us all from the mold of the first human and each of us in unique.
                                 -Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5

For more information, please contact Joan Kwiatkowski at 716-204-2242 or

Howard and David Rosenhoch lobbied in Washington DC for Jewish Disability Advocacy Day in February 2019.

Contact Aaron Kaufman at Jewish Federations of North America to get involved at the national level.


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