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JCC Association Programs for Jewish Disability, Awareness and Inclusion Month

February 25, 2021

12 pm

The JCC Association, continuing its ongoing commitment to inclusion efforts throughout the JCC Movement, presents the next program for Jewish Disability, Awareness and Inclusion Month on February 18 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern.

A Dream Never Dreamed: Kalman Samuels Shares a Story of Hope, Courage, and Leadership

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Host and Moderator: Lisa Brill, JCC Association board member and vice chair
Guest Speaker: Kalman Samuels, author and founder of Shalva
Interviewer: Doron Krakow, president and CEO, JCC Association of North America

In 1977, Rabbi Kalman Samuels and his wife, Malki Klein, welcomed their second son Yossi into their family. Raising Yossi began a remarkable journey for the family that led to the founding of Shalva, the Israel Association for the Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, a worldwide, a leading organization in the field. Today, Shalva provides therapy, education, and recreation to hundreds of beneficiaries, as well as family support, respite, and advocacy initiatives. Samuels’ memoir, “Dreams Never Dreamed,” was released in Hebrew in September 2019 and in English in May 2020.


February 25
A Culture of Belonging: At the JCC, at Camp, and at Home

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Host: Steve Engel, camp engagement and executive search consultant, JCC Association
Moderator: Beth Mitchell, director of inclusion and diversity, JCC of Central NJ, Scotch Plains, NJ

This session will feature three presentations:

Taglit—Creating Connections and Meaning at the Tucson JCC: Emily Malin, director of special needs services, Tucson JCC, AZ
Learn about Taglit, a distinct wellness-based program in a highly inclusive environment that offers interactions to strengthen participants’ social skills and develop vocational skills. It also creates volunteer opportunities for members.

Yachad and Avodah: A Camper’s Inspirational Journey of Inclusion
Featuring Jason Luckoff, a Tamarack camper-turned-staff-member; his mom, Nancy Luckoff; and Tamarack’s CEO Lee Trepeck about the commitment and support from the entire camp community that made Jason’s journey possible.

What the Exit Interview With Our Family Revealed: Vickie Schlanger Rubin, disabilities advocate, blogger, and author of the forthcoming book, “Raising Jess: A Story of Hope”
Many wise companies offer employees an exit interview upon their departure, asking about their experiences: How did we do? What would you change? Where did we come up short? Where did we excel? Using this model, Rubin conducts interviews with her young adult offspring and their grandparents about their experiences within the Rubin family. In this session, Mark Horowitz, vice president, program and talent, JCC Association, will interview Rubin about her work and her own interviews.

For a full listing of all upcoming Jewish Disability, Awareness and Inclusion Month programs, please click here.

JCC Association Contact:  Mackenzie Adams | [email protected]

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