Disabilities Inclusion Torah Reader

July 26, 2023

As Disability Pride Month comes to a close and as Tu b’Av draws near, we present the community with a Disabilities Inclusion Torah Reader. The need to create religious communities that are fully embracing and empowering of all its members is a matter of high priority for us at YCT and lies at the heart of what the traditional circle-dance celebration of Tu b’Av represents: a community in which pains are taken to make sure that no one feels lesser or marginalized, a community in which everyone is included and everyone has equal access. We hope that you are enriched by the Torah in this Reader and that it can help inspire and motivate all of us to do our share to create truly welcoming religious communities.

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Brandeis Photograph of Brandeis University in front of the Brandeis University sign. The sign is a large rectangular slab of off-white stone held up by 2 stone blocks with grooves cut through the middle for the sign to rest in, the blocks are the same color and material. On the sign, carved in large block font that makes the letters appear black is "BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY". To the left of the words is the Brandeis logo. The words and symbols are hard to make out but the image is a circle within a circle with the larger circle having words written within going around the inner circumference. The only word that is clear is the one on top that says "TRUTH", all the words appear similar to the larger ones on the Brandeis sign. The inner circle has a shield with light rays extending outwards in all directions. Inside the shield are 3 lit candles in the middle with an indeterminate word on top and "אמת" on the bottom. The sign is resting in a large patch of soil with 2 small spot lights and a small bed of yellow and purple flowers. The background of the image is a manicured green grassy lawn with a few large green leafy trees on the left and right and metal poles holding up banners dotted around. There is a large yellow and white flower patch directly behind the sign and there is an off-white stone sidewalk swerving upwards towards a set of large rectangular buildings. The building on the right is grey with many blueish windows on the bottom half. the middle building is shaped like 90 degree line with mostly blue-green glass and the building on the right is red-brown brick. The sky is light royal blue with wispy white and blue-grey clouds.Brandeis is ‘Anything But’ Bad for Observant Jews
Photograph of Rabbi Aaron Portman. Image of a man, from the shoulders up, facing the camera with head slightly tilted to the right, smiling broadly. His eyes are dark, possibly green, and partly closed, he appears to be in his 20s-30s and he has light, pinkish sandy toned skin. He has short, dirty blonde hair that curls slightly upwards, he has stubble around the bottom half of his face. He is wearing bright red-orange tortoise shell, circular glasses. He is also wearing a navy blue collared shirt and a black suit jacket. The background of the image is blurry and indistinct and contains patches of forest green, pastel yellow, sky blue and pastel orange.Rabbi Portman appointed senior Jewish educator and campus rabbi at OSU Hillel