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Shabbat for inclusion

15 February 2019

Individuals from Kisharon joined congregations across the world last Shabbat for ShabbaTTogether, celebrating disability inclusion and mental health awareness.

People we support and staff attended a service at the Jewish Learning Exchange, (JLE) in Golders Green, one of more than 200 synagogues in the UK, US, South Africa, Russia, Ukraine, Australia, Hungary and more, marking the event.


The ShabbaTTogether initiative promoted inclusion and its slogan ‘We all belong’ brought home that Judaism includes everyone and that no-one should be barred from not only attending, but also playing an active role in services.

At the JLE, Chaim Dovid Rotenberg led part of the service and Debbie Rosten talked at the kiddush afterwards. The sermon was given by Rabbi Dovid Sulzbacher, the Head of Menorah Grammar School and a teacher at the JLE. He shared stories about growing up with his brother Eli, who Kisharon supports.

Chaim Dovid said: “It was very enjoyable with lots of people, and it’s something that should be done again.”

Human Resources Manager Lee Zucker agreed. “ShabbaTTogether, a Shabbat of inclusion all over the world, is a great idea and I hope it will grow in future years. It was a really lovely experience to be in shul with people we support and colleagues. A big thank you to the staff who gave support and to the JLE who hosted.”


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