Inclusion At PSJC
PSJC seeks to increase understanding and inclusiveness within the entire community. In 2015-2016, we were awarded a grant through UJA-Federation to participate in the Synagogue Inclusion Project. This exciting project was designed to help communities in the NYC area to foster the development of inclusive communities and to support the needs of individuals with disabilities of all ages, both within formal and informal educational frameworks.
Our Hebrew School strives to be inclusive to all those who seek innovative and content-rich Jewish education. In consultation with our inclusion committee and MATAN, we work with families to find the best model and schedule for each family. Our family services on Shabbat and holidays are open to members and non-members. Family services are led by experienced leaders with guitar accompaniment and we encourage movement and participation by the children present.
In past years we have provided special services on Rosh Hashanah and Purim for people with sensory sensitivity. We hope to continue this when we are able to celebrate together once again.
Park Slope Jewish Center is located at the corner of 8th Avenue and 14th Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. We have three entrances to our building: the front entrance using our stoop, a side entrance on 14th Street to be buzzed in during business hours, and an entrance through the yard door to use for access to chairlift or Hebrew School programming. Our building is almost 100 years old and a registered landmark building with the City of New York.
While we treasure the tradition and roots of our space, we recognize that it also limits the accessibility of our space to members of the community. We do not have an elevator, but we are happy to share with you the specifics of our chairlift and space to determine the best way to meet your needs. If you are joining us for Shabbat or a program and have questions about the accessibility of our building, require specific seating arrangements or a large-print resources, or if you have questions or concerns regarding the general accessibility of our programs for you or a family member, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Large print siddurim (prayer books) and machzorim (High Holy Days prayer books) are available. Please ask an usher for assistance.
PSJC does not currently have a hearing loop, though we do use microphones during most of our services and programs. We encourage people with hearing needs to sit closer to the front of the sanctuary during services and to let the Rabbi or an usher know if the speaker is hard to hear. If you are attending a program at PSJC and would like an ASL interpreter made available, please email email@example.com and we will do our best to accommodate your request.