Giving voice to everyone in the community
Increase Awareness and facilitate inclusive participation for everyone in the 5 main pillars of Jewish Life here at Temple Emanu-El.
Education of members, staff, and clergy for awareness of visible and invisible disabilities
Programming to develop easy to implement programs to establish a more inclusive environment
Development of resources for moving forward
What is inclusion?
An inclusive community is one where all people are valued and their differences respected. Inclusion brings greater diversity, creativity, and strength to any group, creating a community in which all members are seen for what they can do, instead of what they cannot. There are many factors that make a community inclusive, including opportunities, physical space and attitudes of other community members.
If interested in finding out more information about inclusion efforts at Temple Emanu-El, please contact Cantor Lauren Adesnik
Resources offered at Temple Emanu-El
Assistive Technology Room- A fully adapted room where children who have special needs can go during Sunday school or religious school to receive instruction in a way that is most beneficial to them.
Onsite OT & SLP
Cry room/Sensory Room – the Cry Room, located just off the main sanctuary, can be used as a quiet room for individuals who want to participate in services but need a sensory break.
Learning Resource Specialist (LRS) in preschool, funded in part by JAA – the LRS is onsite at Schiff Preschool to help teachers be more successful at accommodating all learners in the classroom. This position is partly funded by a grant from the JAA
Live Stream Services available to anyone who cannot physically attend a service.
Adapted Prayer books- located in the office and are available for children or adults who have difficulty following in a standard prayer book. They incorporate symbols for optimal understanding of the prayers.
Magnifiers for folks who need help seeing the prayer books
Provide drivers to help people in our community who cannot drive get to synagogue services. Sign-up HERE
Handicap accessible synagogue programming
The Diamond Family Religious School offers:
Services offered through the Religious School (How we make our school more accessible):
- Individualized education dependent on student needs
- Pre-school conferences for parent/teacher and parent/principal.
- Learning support for students:
- One-on-one support/shadow
- Small group learning
- One-on-one Hebrew tutoring
- Sensory Room
- Multi-media Learning Center
- Special Education Co-teachers
- Invisible Disability training
- Differentiated Learning Strategies training
- Sensory friendly Purim Carnival room
Jewish Abilities Alliance & how we partner with them
The Greater Atlanta Jewish Abilities Alliance (JAA) powered by Federation believes that everyone in our community should have the opportunity to experience and celebrate our shared values, history and traditions.
The JAA assists families in finding programs and services they need for their loved ones with different abilities, strengthening their connection and enabling them to more fully participate in their communities. Making Jewish life more accessible for all is our primary goal.
Temple Emanu-El partners with the JAA in multiple ways. We receive training and support provided by the Community Inclusion Coordinator (CIC). These trainings support our teachers and staff in becoming more inclusive and better understand how to implement supports in our classrooms. The CIC is also available to observe classrooms, which provides our teachers with individualized attention. Temple Emanu-El is involved in the JAA Community Disability Partner Meetings, where the main goal is to make Atlanta a more welcoming Jewish community.
The vision of the Jewish Abilities Alliance (JAA) is to promote an inclusive, spirited environment that celebrates the diversity in our community and the uniqueness of every member. This website serves as a user-friendly gateway to resources in the Jewish or general community for people with disabilities. The JAA is the Jewish community’s network that links individuals with disabilities, and their families, to resources, services, support groups, workshops and clinics and recreational programs within their community. For more information, please go to atlanta.jewishabilites.org