February is a month dedicated to Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion. For The Village Temple, we have dedicated ourselves to a full year of deepening our understanding of visible and invisible disabilities. As part of the UJA congregational cohort on disabilities, we are striving to make our sanctuary, prayer books and general facility more welcoming to people with disabilities.
Each year The Village Temple dedicates a Kabbalat Shabbat service to deepening our disabilities awareness.
Tonight we will welcome Xian Horn–a joyful, half- Asian, half-Jews woman with cerebral palsy. Xian is teacher, speaker, advocate and blogger. Xian has run vocational workshops for the Mayor’s Office, she has spoken at the UN and serves as a member of the selection committee for the ReelAbilities Film Festival. Most recently Xian spearheads Changeblazer, Inc–working with organization looking to diversify and aid the underserved–especially those with disabilities.
This past year Xian was named one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women’s eNews.
PLEASE JOIN US TONIGHT AT 6:45 AND WELCOME XIAN INTO OUR TEMPLE FAMILY.