Today's Charity: Donate to Yad HaChazakah and Help People with Disabilities Lead Empowered Jewish Lives
Yad HaChazakah is an amazing organization that helps people with disabilities function and participate
in the everyday life of our Jewish communities. So many times, people shun others simply because they are different. However, by empowering Jews with disabilities and seeking them out to join our synagogues, yeshivot, day schools, workplaces, and families through marriage, they and our communities become stronger and more complete.
Imagine wanting to join a minyan to say Kaddish for your mother only to find that the nearby synagogue has steps that you cannot climb. Wheelchair users regularly experience this. Imagine wanting to attend a shiur (class) that is given by a renowned Jewish scholar, but is given in a language that you cannot understand. Deaf men and women regularly experience this. Imagine wanting to marry, but you're set up not based on your strengths and attractive qualities. Instead, people indiscriminately and needlessly match you primarily based upon on your disability, health condition, or "special needs" label. People with obvious or "hidden" disabilities regularly experience this.
Most of us at Yad HaChazakah -The Jewish Disability Empowerment Centre don't need to imagine it. We experience the barriers to Jewish life and learning, as well as limiting and condescending attitudes every day.
Organized in 2006, the founders of Yad HaChazakah (meaning "the powerful arm", in Hebrew) were distressed by the lack of access for and participation by people with various disabilities or conditions in Jewish community life. Yad HaChazakah is led by and for Jews with obvious or hidden disabilities or on-going conditions in accordance with Torah principles. Leadership conveys self-direction, competence, and vision.
Led by Jews with disabilities or on-going conditions, Yad HaChazakah empowers people with disabilities to self-direct their lives and to live, love, learn, work, worship, and lead in Jewish communities. We do this by promoting changes in attitudes and community planning and by providing:
* Guidance and Mentoring
* Peer Networking and Support
* Advocacy and Resource Information
* Topical Forums and Learning Opportunities
* Disability Awareness and Policy Advisement
We envision Jewish communities where buildings and programs are designed with people with varying capacities in mind and where people marry based upon character and attraction regardless of whether one has or does not have a disability. "We want to be sought, valued, and accommodated for the strengths we bring to our communities", declares Mrs Sharon Shapiro-Lacks, Yad HaChazakah's Executive Director.
We invite you to join us in helping people with disabilities or health conditions become active and contributing members in Jewish communities.
- Unlmited donations.
- Donation will automatically be made to the organization on your behalf.
- Email addresses may be provided to the organization.
- If you do not receive a tax receipt, please contact the organization directly.
About ￼ Yad HaChazakah: The Jewish Disability Empowerment Center
Led by Jews with disabilities or ongoing conditions, Yad HaChazakah provides guidance, resource information, advocacy, and support networks for people with obvious or hidden disabilities and their families as we promote access to Jewish community life. Together, we work with callers and visitors to develop their capacities and form a network of resources to:
* Manage home and daily living activities
* Date, marry, and raise children
* Work or volunteer
* Access learning opportunities and fulfill mitzvos
* Participate fully in and contribute to their communities
At Yad HaChazakah-JDEC, we proclaim "Strength through Access and Community". Individuals with disabilities or ongoing conditions are strengthened through access to Jewish community life, resources, and opportunities. In turn, Jewish communities are strengthened through access to a variety of individuals who were once typically unseen or unheard and who have much to offer.