Accessibility and Inclusion

“Audacious hospitality.” It’s not a concept. It’s a mitzvah. It’s a revolution. It’s the Reform Jewish Movement’s focused effort on Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI) work.

All Jews are welcome who:

  • Live in interfaith, multiracial, nontraditional families
  • Are of any ethnicity or color
  • Are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or gender fluid
  • Face challenges because of age, financial constraints, illness
  • Live with physical, mental, or intellectual disabilities
  • Chose to be Jews
  • Are uninspired, underserved, and unrecognized

In short, all Jews are welcome.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force

The DEI Task Force is organizing ideas and processes that will allow Temple Rodef Shalom to be a community that is mindful of and embraces the principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The Task Force’s mission is to foster a sense of belonging for all of our members as their authentic selves and provide equitable opportunities for everyone to engage in all that TRS has to offer. A report with recommendations of specific steps we can take to make our TRS community even stronger and more inclusive is forthcoming.

Inclusion Committee

Temple Rodef Shalom is a sacred community, of and for people of all abilities. Inclusion Committee members, representing diverse backgrounds, work independently and collaboratively with other TRS entities to promote accessibility and inclusion within the TRS community. Committee members include individuals with disabilities, parents and grandparents of children and adults with disabilities, educators, and professionals with expertise in inclusion and related fields. Please contact the Inclusion Committee for more information: .

The priorities and initiatives of the Inclusion Committee include:

Accommodations include reserved parking for individuals with disabilities, curb cuts to provide access to all levels of the Temple building, an elevator that provides access to all floors, and a ramp that leads up to the bema.

Hearing devices and large-print Siddurim (prayer books) are available in the Sanctuary.

Temple Rodef Shalom has welcomed renowned authors, speakers, and advocates such as Dr. Arielle Silverman and Judy Heumann.

These special worship services include supportive features such as visual schedules and projected prayer book text.

An opportunity for all to welcome a new week in an atmosphere of acceptance and welcoming – Shavua Tov!

One-to-one shadows, or buddies, for Religious School students who need additional assistance.

A fun program for children aged 10 and under of ALL abilities with crafts, stories, music…and, of course, tradition!

Partnering with the Adult Education Committee of Temple Rodef Shalom and the Northern Virginia Arc allows Temple members and guests to learn more about the experiences of the differently abled and to participate in a community service activity.

Each year, the Inclusion Committee teams up with the Pozez Jewish Community Center in hosting a film for the ReelAbilities Film Festival.