Temple Emanuel will host an American Sign Language Interpreted Inclusion Shabbat as part of Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
The entire service will be interpreted in American Sign Language by EJ Cohen. The service will feature interview sessions with three members of the congregation who have seen firsthand the efforts, and benefits, of Temple Emanuel to make Judaism accessible to all.
“This weekend has been designated as ‘Inclusion Shabbat,’ an opportunity for us to focus on how we can be open and welcoming to those with differing needs," Rabbi Robert Goldstein said. "Though Temple Emanuel engages in an ongoing effort to widen the door for any new who wishes to join us, on ‘Inclusion Shabbat’ we become even more intentional in our attempt to identify ways to become even more hospitable and accessible.”
One of the speakers is Suzanne Emmi, whose son Matthew has severe autism and is non-verbal. She will be talking about his Bar Mitzvah, and how it was made accessible for him.