A few weeks ago I wrote a reaction to the Pew Study where I wondered if anyone even considered Jews with disabilities. Earlier this week, Lynne wrote her own deeply insightful reflection:
"The researchers at Pew asked important questions about Jewish self-identification and affiliation, as well as questions about child-rearing, attachment to Israel and remembering the Holocaust. As a person with disabilities, I would have loved to have seen the folks at Pew delve more deeply. I would have loved to see them ask questions like:
- Can you even get into your synagogue building?
- Are you able to read the synagogue’s prayer book? Is it available in large print? Do they have one in Braille?
- Are you able to understand the teachings or the sermon through an interpreter or CART? Do they have an assisted listening device?
- Does the synagogue’s religious school offer special-ed accommodations?
- Can your family member access the facilities inside the synagogue’s building?
You can find the rest of Rabbi Landsberg's article on the Ruderman Family Foundation's blog Zeh Lezeh (For One Another).
It's time for us to do more than read Lynne's article and nod along. It is time to read those questions as a charge. We must do the hard work to be able to answer "yes" to all of them.