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.

What a successful Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance & Inclusion Month!

This February, Anshe Emet members were able to have a discussion with Rabbi Darby Leigh, a deaf congregational rabbi who is at the forefront of creating an inclusive community for all Jews. We also had the opportunity to watch the documentary, Crip Camp which highlights the history of people who pushed for civil rights legislation for people with disabilities. Of course amazing leaders come out of a summer camp! If you missed seeing this important documentary, it is available on Netflix.

Our youth had the opportunity to learn the Shema in sign language this month. Our kindergarten to second graders had the opportunity to read the book, I Talk Like a River and discuss how speech impediments have impacted leaders such as Moses and President Biden. 

We also would like to highlight that Zoom now has the ability to be auto captioned and produce a live transcript during any Zoom event. Please let the host know if you are unable to activate this feature on your computer.

If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to Ariel Schwartz at

Due to COVID Anshe Emet made changes to keep our members connected. On the High Holy Days and Sukkot/Sh’mini Atzeret we reached our congregation and larger community in new ways, including:

  • Giving the Machzor to members to use at home (you can borrow a Shabbat siddur as well – just let us know!)
  • Page indicator in the Media Center service
  • Children’s Service recordings available on the website, allowing for families to watch them at their convenience
  • Shofar blown in multiple outdoor neighborhood locations
  • Captioning available for the Sanctuary service
  • Access to the sermons from the Rabbis so they can be read
  • Members offering tech support to individuals to make sure they can connect to services and programming
  • Technology was used to allow people to connect locally, nationally, and internationally
  • Yizkor in Russian with live translation by Larisa Kenen

These measures were all ways to make our community more accessible and inclusive. If you have a family member who has needs that are not addressed, please let us know.

Please contact committee member, Ariel Schwartz, to learn how Kehilla Kedosha focuses on serving the many needs of our members.

At Anshe Emet, we want to create a safe and open environment that accommodates all who pass through our doors. If you have special needs or concerns, read below to see what we provide to make you feel at home with us.

Fully accessible first floor:

  • Ramp into the building from the parking lot
  • ​Automatic door for entrance into the building from the parking lot
  • All worship spaces
  • Meeting and socializing spaces
  • Accessible bathroom across from the coat room
  • Elevator to the upper floors
  • Hearing assistance devices for the sanctuary services

Large print prayer books

Religious School:
The Religious School uses both internal and external resources to ensure a successful experience for each student

  • Resource teacher for learning support
  • 1:1 classroom support to support behavior and learning challenges
  • professional development opportunities to train staff
  • For questions contact Laurie Orenstein

B’nai Mitzvah:
The B’nei Mitzvah experience at Anshe Emet is highly personalized. Our Ritual Director works with each family to make sure this simcha is celebrated in a way that allows each student to reach their potential. Please contact Naomi Weiss-Weil at with your questions.

We want to ensure everyone entering Anshe Emet can participate in our programs and events.  If you, a family member or invited guest needs any special assistance please contact our Director of Hospitality, Kim Carter, at and she will work with you to find reasonable accommodations.