Five Ways to Make Our Shuls More Accessible to Those with Physical Disabilities 

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18 Feb 2020
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Our Shuls are designed to help us feel closer to G-d through the holy rituals we perform, the spiritual atmosphere we soak in, and the supportive and caring kehillah (community) we become part of. It’s a place where we bring our children to teach them about the impact of Tefillah (prayer) and it serves as the epicenter of our community. However, for those with disabilities, our Shuls aren’t always very accessible, and we must do our part to make shuls a place that all members of our community feel welcomed.

In February, Yachad, the leading group for individuals with disabilities in the Orthodox community, will be celebrating North American Inclusion Month (NAIM) and offers these recommendations for Shuls to make themselves more inclusive. At times, creating accessible spaces can seem very time consuming and financially challenging, but we have compiled a list of five ways you can make your synagogue more inclusive and physically accessible without breaking the bank. 

By implementing these five steps, you can help make your Shul more inclusive and welcoming to all – including those with disabilities. We must do our part to make sure that our Shuls are fully accessible for those with disabilities. Judaism puts a big focus on community and it’s our responsibility to make sure that our Shuls are accessible to the full community. Please join us in celebrating NAIM 2020 by helping create inclusive and accessible Shuls for every Jew.  

Dov Levinson, M.S.Ed is a disability educator for Yachad, the leading group for individuals with disabilities in the Orthodox community.

This article was originally published in the 5 Towns Jewish Home

The words of this author reflect his/her own opinions and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Orthodox Union.