"A House of Prayer for All People," a workshop held in February 2008, brought together representatives from eight Orange County congregations. Becca Hornstein, the keynote speaker, addressed how to create a welcoming congregation. Since this workshop, one congregation has created an Inclusion Committee, and two unaffiliated families with children with special needs have been connected to congregations for b’nei mitzvah preparation.
RESOURCES: An Inclusion Shabbaton: A Creative Prayer Service Booklet; Rabbi Heidi Cohen's reflections on the program
For more information about addressing issues on inclusion in your congregation, visit the Disabilities section of URJ's Caring Community web page.