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Meet Marlee Kivens

Founder and President of Empowering Jews with Disabilities
"As a Jewish female with a disability, I finally feel the joy, powerful spirit and strengthened inner-self ..."
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Join a EJWD group today and meet other Jews with Disabilities, share your story and collaborate on commonly faced issues.
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  Welcome to the new Twin Cities Jewish Community Calendar!A comprehensive list of what's happening in our Jewish community. Search for events by date, organization or category of interest.  Find Jewish holidays and candle lighting times.
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Our mission...

is to further promote the interests of people with disabilities in the Jewish community.

This will be accomplished by the sharing of personal stories, thoughts and everyday issues through open communication.

We, as a whole, will make a difference by expanding our reach and empowering ourselves to be the best we can possibly be.

Please look at this unique site and see if you want to become a part of this...


Straight Ahead Pictures, Inc.

The projects Straight Ahead Pictures tend to focus on the cultural history of the body -- the meaning of fitness, disability, health, etc. SAP also has strong interests in the history of media, from the printing press to the magic lantern to the Internet.

Disability History Museum

Disability History Museum hosts a virtual, search able Library, Education curricula, and Museum exhibits. These programs are designed to foster research and study about the historical experiences of people with disabilities and their communities.

Inclusion Innovations

Inclusion Innovations LLC is a consulting firm specializing in inclusion of people with disabilities in sacred communities. Shelly Christensen founded Inclusion Innovations LLC to expand her capacity to work in a broad spectrum of sacred communities. As CEO of this new venture, Shelly can share her experience and passion for empowering faith communities to open the doors to the sacred moments of life for all people.

The Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies 

The Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies (CHPLDS) is a network of Syracuse University centers, academic programs, student organizations, and affiliated faculty whose research, teaching, and advocacy relates to promoting and protecting the rights of people with disabilities. The Center’s components include research, training and advocacy, public education and media relations, and academic programs. 

Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities and Inclusion

Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities & Inclusion in partnership with the Ruderman Family Foundation provides leadership development for lay and professional leaders of Jewish organizations to ensure meaningful participation in Jewish life by those with disabilities and their families.

United Nations Enable

United Nations Enable is the official website of the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (SCRPD) in the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) at the United Nations Secretariat. The website provides public information on topics related to disability and the work of the United Nations for persons with disabilities.

12 Israeli Technologies Changing the Lives of the Disabled in 2015

Here are 12 technological breakthroughs coming out of Israel that will dramatically improve the lives of the disabled in 2015

President Obama Signs ABLE Act

The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act will allow people with disabilities to open special accounts where they can save up to $100,000 without risking eligibility for Social Security and other government programs. What’s more, individuals can keep their Medicaid coverage no matter how much money is accrued in an ABLE account.

Jewish Disability Awareness Month

JDAM is a unified effort among Jewish organizations worldwide to use common programs to raise awareness and foster inclusion of people with disabilities, their families, and those who love them.  Established in 2009, JDAM is observed during February.

JDAM's mission is:

  • Elevate Jewish awareness of the way people with disabilities have been regarded by society.
  • Encourage Jews around the world to become more empathetic toward people with disabilities.
  • Urge Jews to welcome people with disabilities into their communities and personal lives.
  • Unite Jewish communities to raise awareness and champion inclusion of people with disabilities.

Yad HaChazakah-JDEC

Led by Jews with disabilities,Yad HaChazakah-JDEC provides guidance,
resource information, advocacy, and support networks as they promote access to Jewish community life.


AttitudeLive is the home of real resources and authentic stories for and about the disability community. It's a place where you can share experiences and connect
 to others in the community.

My Child Has a Disability Not a Disease

A mother's moving editorial on media and her son's portrayal in the media.

Lindee Construction - ADA Accessibility Services

Lindee Construction offers specialized home modifications to provide ADA accessibility function for the elderly or disabled. Their services include designing, remodeling and retrofitting interior and exterior spaces to ensure ADA compliance for wheelchair access and adapted housing for independent living. They specialize in kitchens, bathrooms, and lift systems.

Two Men Share Bond Over Drums, Traumatic Experiences

We all face challenges in life. Some are greater than others. Jason Gerling and Adolf Radeljic who found themselves in a similar position feel it is how we get through them, and the people that help pull us through that define who we become.

Creative Strategies by Provider and Service Organizations in Addressing Spiritual Needs and Choices

February 23, 2015 1-2pm Central Time. Online registration required. For more information please check out this flier.  Sponsored by The National Collaborative on Faith
and Disability.

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