February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) when Jewish communities raise awareness and encourage the participation of people with disabilities and their families in Jewish communal life. In celebration of JDAIM, Agudath Israel Congregation, Congregation Beth Shalom and Congregation Machzikei Hadas will welcome Yishai Barth and his father, Rabbi Samuel Barth, during Shabbat Tetsavveh – February 19-20, as well on Sunday, February 21.
Yishai is a 20-year-old honours student at the University of Massachusetts. He has cerebral palsy, is legally blind, uses a wheelchair and requires assistive technology for reading and writing. [Read more…]