Disability Inclusion Shabbat Weekend

Disability Inclusion and Awareness Shabbat Weekend February 8-10, 2019

Kabbalat Shabbat Services - Speaker: AAC Member Tracy Soferenko
Friday, February 8 | 6:30 p.m.
Flax Family Chapel

Shabbat Morning Services - Speaker: Matan Koch
Saturday, February 9 | 9:30 a.m.
Cohen Sanctuary

     Matan A. Koch is a speaker, educator, and consultant, sharing ideas and strategies to promote the universal inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society, using strategies that benefit everyone.  Matan’s workshops and presentations were born of an enthusiasm for the moral and emotional imperative to include people with disabilities in all aspects of life and show that true inclusion encompasses anyone with a barrier to participation, and that the universal inclusion model in fact benefits everyone.  His lifelong history of disability advocacy began at age four with a presentation to several hundred young people, continued with a term as the president of Yale University's student disabilities community, and reached its most recent high point with his appointment by President Barack Obama to the National Council on Disability, for a term which concluded in 2014.  Matan has worked with congregations throughout the United States. He  will speak during Shabbat services and then have a question and answer session with congregants after Kiddush.  Matan will also speak to our students on Sunday morning during religious school. 

Hamavdil – Say Goodbye to Shabbat and Hello to a New Week
Saturday, February 9 | 7:00 p.m.
Flax Family Chapel

     Join us for Havdalah and some music on Sat. night, Feb. 9 at 7:00 p.m. We will be playing some ELZ favorites and some new pieces from Israeli prayer communities. You will not want to miss another fabulous concert with your favorite Agudas Achim Band. Invite your friends. Admission is free, although donations are always welcome.

ReelAbilities Prefestival Showing of "Ain't No Mountain"
Sunday,  February 10 | 4 p.m.
Beth El Hebrew Congregation  
RSVP to jeanneholden@yahoo.com.     

     Join Agudas Achim and Beth El Hebrew Congregation as we join forces for a ReelAbilities Prefestival showing of  “Ain’t No Mountain.” This film documents the largest ever expedition of climbers with disabilities as they attempt to reach the peak of Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.  Our shlicha, Miri Bernovsky, will lead a discussion after the film.  The film is being cosponsored by the Agudas Achim Disability Inclusion Committee, the Agudas Achim Israeli Movie Club, the Beth El Hebrew Congregation Inclusion Committee, and the Beth El Brotherhood and will be shown at Beth El Hebrew Congregation Sunday afternoon, February 10 at 4 p.m.   

For more information about any of these events, please contact Barbara Elkin, Chair of the Disability Inclusion Committee (703-489-4715).