Working Together to Raise Awareness
The Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, the Jewish Community Center of the Greater Palm Beaches (JCC), Commission for Jewish Education of the Palm Beaches (CJE) and the Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service (AJFCS) are partnering to raise disability awareness in our Jewish community, and provide families with valuable resource information.
It is the first year that Palm Beach County is participating in Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month, a national movement to make Jewish communities more inclusive.
“The inclusion of people with cognitive and physical disabilities in the Jewish community is more than a service or access issue; it is an engagement issue,” said Naomi Rosenblatt, Associate, Community Planning & Investments. “A vibrant Jewish community engages all of its constituents. Programs scheduled for February 2013 will give us the opportunity to engage in serious discussion about the barriers to participation that currently exist.”
On Sunday, February 3, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon there will be an open house and workshop at the J.N. Somers YAD Hebrew School for Children with Special Needs, 3267 North Military Trail in West Palm Beach. The first hour will be devoted to an overview of the CJE’s YAD program, with the opportunity to meet faculty and participating families, tour classrooms and talk with Director of Special Needs Education and YAD Principal Wilma Turk. During the second hour, Clinical Director of AJFCS Dr. Elaine Rotenberg will discuss parenting children with special needs, covering such important issues as power struggles, setting boundaries, bullying, children’s anxiety and more – through a Jewish lens. Child care for visiting children will be provided in a separate space during the workshop. Contact Lynne Lieberman – L.Lieberman@cjepb.org or (561) 209-2606 -- for more information.
On Sunday, February 10, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., there will be a Special Needs Resource Fair at the Lore and Eric F. Ross JCC, 8500 Jog Road in Boynton Beach. This free event will offer attendees the opportunity to discover, meet and find out more about local resources and service providers for adults and children with special needs and their families. There will be rotating workshops, valuable information and on-site professionals. A family-friendly event, the afternoon will feature prize drawings, delicious treats and children’s activities, both at information booths and in supervised playrooms. Contact Sheri Kramer at SheriK@jcconline.com or (561) 740-9000, ext. 265.
Contact Naomi Rosenblatt at (561) 242-6679 for more information about Jewish Disability Awareness Month.