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. Services are led by experienced leaders with guitar accompaniment and we encourage movement and participation by the children present.
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 and machzorim 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.
Yom Iyyun Tzedek: Inclusion
Sunday, February 28th, 2016
Our first Annual Yom Iyyun Tzedek focused on the topic of Inclusion! From text study to discussion to hands-on activities, participants of all ages explored ways that our community can better meet the needs of its members and the wider community.
Sensory Sensitive Rosh Hashanah Service
Join us for an inclusive service designed for families with children with special needs at 3:00 on the first day of Rosh Hashanah. This inclusive service is open to all, but designed for those with sensory needs. There will be quiet guitar accompaniment and familiar melodies, a sensory-sensitive shofar blowing, along with the use of visual aids throughout the service. Weather permitting, the service will be held outside in our accessible tent. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP or for more information.
Sensory Sensitive Needs and Purim
We know that the noise of graggers and the enthusiasm of the evening can be overwhelming for those with sensory needs. While PSJC will not be hosting a separate sensory sensitive Megillah reading this year, during our Purim evening events on Saturday, March 11th, we will have a quiet room in our downstairs sanctuary. We will also have a quiet space set aside upstairs during our Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 12th. Please email email@example.com if you have questions about these spaces or to let us know about other accommodations you or your child may need.
Park Slope Jewish Center and Congregation Beth Elohim joined together in to host two inclusive celebrations that were sensory sensitive and included experiential activities, quiet spaces, and music. Check back for information on this year's Purim and Passover celebrations.