We Were ALL At Sinai: The Transformative Power Of Inclusive Torah
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We Were ALL At Sinai: The Transformative Power Of Inclusive Torah

Lauren Tuchman named in our "36 Under 36" shares powerful new talk.

Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer directs Jewish Learning Venture’s Whole Community Inclusion which fosters inclusion of people with disabilities through the Philadelphia Jewish community. She loves writing/editing for “The New Normal” and for WHYY’s newsworks. Her latest book The Little Gate Crasher is a memoir of her Great-Uncle Mace Bugen, a self-made millionaire and celebrity selfie-artist who was 43 inches tall and was chosen for this year’s Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month Book Selections. She’s recently shared an ELI Talk on Standing With Families Raising Kids With Disabilities and has released a journal designed for special needs parents.

So often “inclusion” is framed as a mechanism for bringing people to the table who haven’t been at the table. Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical student Lauren Tuchman explores whether this is the most accurate and useful framing. Does Judaism perhaps offer us other more radical ways to think about inclusion and disability?

Lauren raises this question in a powerful new ELI Talk :

After you watch, please share any questions or responses for Lauren in the comments below. This week, New Normal editor Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer will talk with Lauren about her vision of inclusion and how the Jewish community can shift our understanding of disability.

Lauren was recognized as one of last year’s “36 Under 36” amazing young leaders who are changing the world. In her profile, she shared that “I’ve been the only person with a disability in Jewish spaces many times before…There has been some progress made in terms of physical access — though not nearly enough. I’m interested in advocating for access in a holistic sense. How can we work to shift assumptions around inclusion being only about providing accommodations such as ramps and Braille siddurim, when inclusion is far broader than that?”


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