Koleinu means giving voice to everyone in the community. Our Inclusion Awareness committee is called Koleinu, striving to meet our vision to provide the Jewish community and connection to all regardless of need or ability.
Increase Awareness and facilitate inclusive participation for everyone in the five 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 respects all values all people and respects their differences. 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. An inclusive community provides opportunities, physical space and an attitude of acceptance.
Interested in learning more about our inclusion efforts, or in joining our Inclusion Awareness committee? Contact Cantor Lauren Adesnik, Co-Chairs Mickey Rosner, and Susie Davidow.
Resources Offered at Temple Emanu-El
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.
Our Shalom Sanctuary is a space connected to our main sanctuary so those who need a sensory break, along with their parents, can still participate in services and feel connected to our community. It is filled with special equipment such as a kindle with calming application, fidgets, sensory bean bags, headphones and more.
The LRS is onsite at the MJCCA 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
Temple Emanu-El live streams services to make them available to anyone who cannot physically attend a service.
Adapted prayer books are 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 are available for folks who need help seeing the prayer books.
Temple Emanu-El has a drive program to connect drivers with those people in our community who cannot drive get to synagogue services. Sign-up HERE
Temple Emanu-El provides handicap accessible programming.
Diamond Family Religious School
Services offered through the Religious School - How we make our school more accessible.
Services offered through the Religious School
- 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.
Sharing our Stories, Raising Awarness: A Phoenix Rising
Read about our own Caitlin Silvi’s story of resilience as she faces chronic illness and raises awareness for all those with invisible disabilities. Read the interview between Mickey Rosner, co-chair of Koleinu, and TE and Koleinu member Caitlin Silvi.