West Hartford: The Emanuel Synagogue is chosen, along with twelve other leading Jewish congregations in the country, to participate in the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) Ruderman Inclusion Action Community, a new leadership initiative to fully allow people with disabilities and their families to participate comfortably in thriving congregational life. Ira Henowitz, Emanuel Synagogue President, said “we are excited to participate in this new opportunity to continue building on our strong core belief of inclusion and accessibility for all who wish to experience our ninety-six year young, purpose driven, multi-generational center of Jewish life. We very much appreciate United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism for launching this initiative and thank the Ruderman Family Foundation for providing the generous grant to make this all possible.”
Nancy Fichman, an Emanuel Synagogue member and educator, will serve as the lead liaison for the inclusion initiative. Through the grant, USCJ will work with the West Hartford congregation to develop a comprehensive vision and action plan on greater inclusion. The goal is to create a fully accessible Emanuel Synagogue congregation, where everything – from the entryways to all of the building’s most important and sacred spaces, from interactive educational programs to participatory prayer services, from social activities to the very attitudes of congregants and leaders – allow people with disabilities and their families to fully engage in a welcoming, meaningful, caring and inspiring sacred Jewish community.