On Yom Kippur, we celebrate the power of teshuva, and push ourselves to face up to sins that we might otherwise be tempted to sweep under the rug.
Our work towards inclusive Jewish education is a process of teshuva. We talk about inclusion because exclusion has long been the norm. We have sinned by cutting Jews with disabilities off from Jewish education and Jewish community, and it has not profited us.
This Yom Kippur, we have a lot to celebrate. Many battles have been fought and won. Unprecedented numbers of Jews with disabilities have access to Jewish community and Jewish education. We have done some significant teshuva. We must celebrate this teshuva, and we must not stop there.
This Yom Kippur, we must also address the unfinished work of inclusion. The sins of exclusion are complicated, and this teshuva is a long-term process. The Yom Kippur liturgy is a powerful tool for this work. Our illustrated PDF on “Inclusive Education as Teshuva” outlines a way to bring the work of inclusive education into your Yom Kippur prayers.