Virtual event

Virtual event to promote discussion as an ongoing step towards inclusion

Too often, people with disabilities or those for whom mental well-being is a struggle feel isolated and imagine that no one in the world could understand the challenges they face on a daily basis. But their life story could be significantly altered if they knew there was a supportive community all around them, ready to offer support and a listening ear.

The event is a potential game-changer and features three prominent figures who are well known within the Jewish inclusion community – internationally renowned scholar and speaker, Rabbi Shais Taubglobal disability advocate and White House adviser Judy Heummann and Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court Richard Bernstein. Heumann, a polio survivor and wheelchair user since 1949, who has been described by the Washington Post as “the mother of disability rights,” and Bernstein, who was born blind and is a tireless advocate for disability rights. as well as an 18-year-old girl. marathoner of time, will share their inspiring personal stories.

Speaking from their own experiences, One Thing I Wish You Knew speakers will open a broader conversation about disability and mental well-being, while emphasizing that each person, no matter who they are, has a unique perspective that she can share with others. The event will benefit both at the community and individual level, promoting inclusivity and understanding, breaking down stigma and creating a network of support within the Jewish community, all of which starts with simply listening, first step towards inclusion.

The Chabad Inclusion Network is a project of International Friendship Circle and Machne Israel. Its director, Dr. Sarah Kranz-Cement, PT, DPT, MAexplained that giving people a sense of community and empowering them by showing them that they are not alone on their personal journey are key parts of One Thing I Wish You Knew.

“Everyone has a story,” Kranz-Ciment said. “Everyone has something they would like you to know. Often we think we understand, that we really sympathize with our friends and family, but we don’t always know what they’re really going through or how to be a good listener.

“We really give people the opportunity to listen,” added Mendel Groner, director of Friendship Circle International. “It all starts from there.”

One Thing I Wish You Knew will be part of ShabbaTTogether, an annual weekend of inclusivity that spans six continents, taking place February 18and and 19and. Now in its fourth year, ShabbaTTogether coincides with JDAIM – Jewish Disability and Inclusion Month held annually in February.