Congregation Har HaShem is committed to supporting awareness and inclusion of people with disabilities and people with mental health challenges in all aspects of Jewish life. We have been recognized as an Exemplar Congregation for Inclusion by the Union for Reform Judaism, and we share our practices and experiences with other communities.
Our Inclusion Committee works to define and steer the synagogue's direction and goals for inclusion of people with disabilities and mental health challenges. The committee has planned community-wide sensory friendly services, invited prominent speakers to lecture or lead workshops on access and inclusion, and coordinated with other Har HaShem Committees to involve more HHS members in the process.
In addition, we offer the following so that everyone can feel welcome, comfortable, and participate in our community.
- All primary public areas are accessible.
- Fully accessible sanctuary and bimah.
- Customized bar and bat mitzvahs preparation to accommodate your child’s needs.
- Large print siddurim.
- Gluten-free options at Onegs and special events.
- Periodic No-Shushing Shabbat services with sign language interpreter and sensory toys, allowing participants the freedom to make noise and move about.
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