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Jewish disability awareness

The Jewish Center in Princeton, along with Jewish organizations around the world, celebrates Jewish Disabilities, Awareness, and Inclusion Month in February. The Jewish Center has taken additional actions to include people living with disabilities who would like to attend services and events, whether in person or by Zoom. In August, TJC completed construction on a new bimah that is accessible by Torah readers who use wheelchairs or walkers, or have other mobility issues.

“We are incredibly excited to be able to offer assistance for those who need,” Joel Berger, TJC’s executive director, said. “We strive to be welcoming and inclusive to all, and with all of these wonderful changes in motion, we are closer to reaching that goal.”

The sanctuary also has preferred seating for people with wheelchairs, walkers, visual or hearing impairments, or other special needs. It has large-print prayer books, magnifiers, and reading glasses for people who need visual assistance, and it is in the process of setting up assistive listening devices for people with hearing impairments.

One room in the building soon will be available as a low sensory stimulation area for children, and the new “play pray space” in the youth lounge will offer services for the parents while providing books, toys, and puzzles for children.

These new accommodations for people with sensory needs soon will be certified by KultureCity, a leading nonprofit helping businesses and organizations learn to accommodate.

The Jewish Center Women, one of TJC’s organizations, is bringing Pamela Rae Schuller, an advocate and comedian, to discuss “What Makes Me Tic: Inclusion Through Comedy and Storytelling,” on Zoom, on February 22 at 8 p.m. Ms. Schuller has Tourette syndrome. Registration is required. For more information, email info@thejewishcenter.com, call (609) 921-0100, or go to thejewishcenter.org.

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