Inclusion

“Kabel kol echad b’sever panim yafot (Receive every person with a pleasant countenance)”
(Pirkei Avot 1:15)

All are welcome…

Temple Beth David’s Inclusion Committee recently learned that our congregation was invited to become a Partner of the Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project. We are honored to be considered part of a cohort of synagogues who are committed to creating a culture of inclusion in our communities. Members of Beth David will attend an event on May 15, when we will be officially welcomed as a Partner, and will learn from former Governor Michael Dukakis and Kitty Dukakis about how to best support people who are dealing with mental health issues. We look forward to sharing more about our work in the months ahead.

Temple Beth David of Westwood Inclusion Statement

Temple Beth David aims to make our synagogue an increasingly welcoming Jewish home by embracing all people and extending kavod – honor to people with different needs and abilities. We are committed to opening the doors of our synagogue wider to allow full participation in Jewish education, worship, life cycle and fellowship. In partnering with the Ruderman Foundation, we look forward to fulfilling the vision of building a holy community.

TBD Inclusion Committee at the Ruderman “Moving Your Inclusion Agenda Forward” program

Bonnie Wellins, Rabbi Karen Citrin, Sandy Grasfield (Temple Librarian), Wendy Berliner (VP of Education), David Wang (Co-Chair, Immediate Past President), Tim Holiner (Finance Committee & House Committee), Paul Greenberg (Temple President), Steven Ellis (Immediate Past VP of Administration), Connie Rizoli (Co-Chair), not pictured: Rebecca Handler Lubens, Phoebe Peabody (Co-Chair of the Religious School Committee), Rabbi Micah Citrin

 

Resources:

a special Mi She-Berach of Inclusion from the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism, written by Dr. Ruhama Weiss, Director of Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling at Hebrew Union College

2018 Make Me a Sanctuary & Come In, Rabbi Karen’s sermon during Jewish Disability Awareness Month