Inclusion Committee – LGBTQ Initiatives
The Mission of the LGBTQ Inclusion Committee is to evaluate, develop and recommend to the Board of Trustees policies and procedures concerning the inclusion and participation of people within the LGBTQ community, in all areas of Congregation Kol Ami religious and communal life. It is our goal to maintain a safe space in our synagogue for all LGBTQ Jews and to provide education for those looking to learn and grow with regard to this community.
Integrating LGBTQ inclusion into our synagogue’s fabric is of utmost importance, as is our desire to ensure dignified documentation, signage and wording on our forms and flyers to be inclusive of all individuals. Our leadership and educators are aware of inclusive practices to use, as well as the intent to create educational opportunities to further their progression in the area.
We are also pleased to announce that the The Belin Award Selection Committee chose our synagogue as one of the 2017 award winners. This award recognizes Audacious Hospitality from URJ congregation in North America that demonstrate a high level of inclusion, impact, innovation and replicability. Our program, Kindness Counts Bet: Moving Beyond the Gender Boxes, Embracing Transgender and Non-Binary Jews, their Loved Ones and Allies in the Mishkan was an award-winning example of how a community can engage and welcome people in thoughtful and creative ways. Our synagogue was publicly recognized for this achievement at the 2017 URJ Biennial in Boston Massachusetts.
Inclusion Committee – Special Needs
This committee evaluates, develops and recommends to the Board of Trustees policies and procedures concerning the inclusion and participation of all people, regardless of physical, cognitive, emotional or behavioral ability, in all areas of Congregation Kol Ami religious and communal life.
How can we make sure that all people who desire may join us in the spirit of full community? It starts with identifying how to make everything we do more inclusive and welcoming. Kol Ami has made improvements, large and small, to our building to aid physical access, improve lighting and sound.
We recognize and celebrate our work together during Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month with special programming to raise awareness and welcome people with disabilities into our communities.