Kehillah Kedosha - A Holy Community

Kehillah Kedosha--A Holy Community--is our Anshe Emet Inclusion Committee. 

Created in 2016, Kehillah Kedosha works in participation with the USCJ (United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism) Ruderman Inclusion Action Community, sponsored by USCJ in partnership with the Ruderman Family Foundation. Our mission is to foster a community which welcomes, includes and celebrates the contributions of people with disabilities and their families. We recognize that the Jewish community includes people who experience the world in a variety of ways. We welcome your input to continue to make Anshe Emet reflect the whole community.  

Join Kehilla Kedosha--Anshe Emet's Inclusion Committee--in February as we honor Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion month...

In honor of Jewish Diabilities Awareness & Inclusion Month, Anshe Emet is proud to welcome Rabbi Lauren Tuchman who will join our congregation over the JDAIM Weekend. 

Rabbi Lauren Tuchman received rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2018 and is, as far as she is aware, the first blind woman in the world to enter the rabbinate. A sought after speaker, spiritual leader and educator, Rabbi Tuchman has taught at numerous synagogues and other Jewish venues throughout North America and was named to the Jewish Week’s 36 under 36 for her innovative leadership concerning inclusion of Jews with disabilities in all aspects of Jewish life.


JDAIM Weekend Schedule:

Friday, February 15 | 6:30 PM
Rabbi Tuchman will join Shabbat Shelanu for a pro neg followed by an abbreviated Shabbat service, with Rabbi Michael Siegel & Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi. Aftewards, Rabbi Tuchman and Rabbi Siegel will engage in a dialogue concerning Rabbi Tuchman's experiences and life story. 

Saturday, February 16 | Shabbat Morning
Rabbi Tuchman will lead Parsah Class at 9AM, and will also give the D'var Torah during morning service in the Sanctuary.

After service, Rabbi Tuchman will lead a post-Kiddush discussion on the topic The Torah of Disability, which was the focus of her ELI Talk. The discussion will be held around 1PM, approximately. 
View Rabbi Tuchman's ELI Talk here!

Rabbi Tuchman's JDAIM Weekend visit to Anshe Emet honors the life and generosity of Dr. Dillie Grunauer, a friend, activist and inspiration to many within our Community.

Friday, February 1 | 5:45-7:30pm

Anshe Emet is also celebrating JDAIM early in February with our Young Family Community Dinner: 
February’s Service and dinner is a Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month bonanza! Hear a story that highlights strong characters with disabilities at the young family service for families with kids K and under, led by Rabbi Donni Aaron & Max Handelman, and engage in a Torah discussion about inclusion at the spirited Kabbalat Shabbat (Welcoming Shabbat) service for older elementary school students (grades 1-7), led by Rabbi David Russo. This month's dinner is chilli and baked potato bar, with veggie and gluten free options to boot! As always – our fabulous teen educators will be sharing story books with kids in small groups by age before dessert and play time in the gym. If this is your first time joining us, use the code 1stTimeFam when you register, and dinner is on us. We'll even set you up with a buddy family to show you the way.  


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