Accessibility and Inclusion

At Mount Zion Temple our doors are open. We are a diverse, inclusive community. We strive to remove barriers and increase accessibility and inclusion for those with varying abilities. Let us know how we can help you participate more fully in our community.


 

How My Daughter Persevered on Her Bat Mitzvah Day

By Allyson Perling

Everyone kept saying, “Whatever happens at Netta’s bat mitzvah will happen. It’ll be fine.”

I responded, “Of course it’ll be fine, and I will accept what happens, but only after we – her parents, teachers, and clergy – all share the same vision of Netta showing what she knows because Netta wants to show what she knows.”

As the mom of a child who has medical and developmental needs, I am experienced at keeping the balance between others accepting Netta for who she is and holding expectations high. We have learned that our daughter needs a floating bar for expectations… because just when we think the bar is high enough, she pushes it higher!

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Cultivating Patience, Re-framing Disability: A Jewish Perspective on Access and Inclusion

Pulpit Guest: Joan Ostrove


LOOK at Mount Zion Temple being nationally recognized for Exemplary Efforts in the Inclusion of People with Disabilities:

At the Reform Movement Biennial in Orlando, FL in December, Mount Zion was recognized for our disability accessibility and inclusion with an Exemplar Congregation award. All thirteen Mount Zion delegates attended the ceremony including Allyson Perling who has led our congregation’s work and Stephanie Fink, past Mount Zion Religious School Director and current URJ staff member. Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the URJ (Union for Reform Judaism) presented the award (see picture) and said, “No child, no teen, no adult shall ever be left outside of the embrace of our community.” The Ruderman Family Foundation has partnered with the URJ in promoting inclusion.

At the Reform Movement Biennial in Orlando, FL in December, Mount Zion was recognized for our disability accessibility and inclusion efforts with an Exemplar Congregation award. All thirteen Mount Zion delegates attended the ceremony. L to R (top row): Stephanie Fink (past Mount Zion Religious School Director and current URJ staff member), Ruth Garner (Sisterhood co-President), Sheri Frisque (Sisterhood co-President), Tom Marver, Judi Marshall (Caring Community Director), Bob Mast (Past President), Gail Gendler (Past Sisterhood President), Dan Rybeck (President), Robert Garfinkle (VP), Beth Zwick (Senior Program Officer of the Ruderman Family Foundation ), Rabbi Rick Jacobs (President of the URJ (Union for Reform Judaism)). L to R (bottom row): Edith Pang, Brian Serle (Brotherhood President), Steve Levin (Treasurer), Lexi Hilton (SPORTY President), Allyson Perling (Chair, Accessibility Inclusion Working Group), Rabbi Jacobs presented the award and said, “No child, no teen, no adult shall ever be left outside of the embrace of our community.”

 

Inclusion award

 


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CHECK OUT books in Mount Zion’s Library


REVIEW articles from Iton Tziyon

January-February 2014 (page 12)

September 2014 (page 11)

October-November 2014 (pages 5, 18)

December-January 2014-15 (page 8)

February 2015 (pages 8-9)

High Holiday Days Information (page 4)

November/December 2015 (page 17)

Januar/February 2016 (p. 17)

LINK to find out what Jewish Organizations are doing nationally: The Ruderman Family Foundation, Jewish Disability and Inclusion, and The URJ’s Disabilities Inclusion Learning Center

WORKING GROUP MEMBERS
(Positions, Areas of Interest, Contact Information)

  • Allyson Perling, Chair (Education, Oversight) – e-mail
  • Cantor Spilker (Clergy Liaison, Outreach) – e-mail
  • Anne Starr (Physical) – e-mail
  • Sheri Frisque (Vision) – e-mail
  • Joan Ostrove (Deaf and Hard of Hearing) – e-mail
  • Mavis Goldstein (Food Sensitivities) – e-mail
  • Sue Lund (Jewish Disability Awareness Month) – e-mail
  • Paula Roston (K.U.L.A.M.) – e-mail
  • Liza Henry (Youth Engagement Associate, Mental Health) – e-mail
  • Susan Summit (Education Director) – e-mail
 
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