Inclusion Initiative — Our Inclusion Initiative strives to ensure that all members of the NVHC Congregation are able to participate meaningfully in all spiritual, educational, celebratory and life event activities at the synagogue.

 

We welcome all who want to be involved in this important initiative. If you have experience as a person with special needs, a parent or grandparent of a person with special needs or as a professional in special or general education or counseling, you will provide great value to this initiative and we encourage you to become involved.  If you want to learn more about this initiative, please contact Andrea Vavonese at NVHCInclusion@gmail.com.

 

Next Meeting  Please join us for our quarterly meeting.  We welcome all who want to be involved in this important initiative. If you have experience as a person with special needs, a parent or grandparent of a person with special needs or as a professional in special or general education or counseling, you will provide great value to this initiative and we encourage you to become involved.

 

Eleanor Sue Finkelstein Award: We are proud to report that the JCC has recognized NVHC’s Inclusion Initiative by awarding us the Eleanor Sue Finkelstein Award, which recognizes a commitment to the special needs community of Northern Virginia through service, leadership and/or program development. You can hear our acceptance speech at https://www.facebook.com/roberta.hoffman.969/videos/10204053052281410/.

 

Inclusive Education: Want to send your child to religious school but not sure if NVHC can meet his or her special needs? Please contact Rabbi Jessica Wainer at RabbiWainer@nvhcreston.org.  We want to work with you and your children and will do all we can to be flexible and provide support to meet each individual’s needs.

 

Donate: Your donation supports our ongoing programming and training and will allow us to further the inclusion of individuals with differing abilities in our synagogue.  Please make checks payable to: NVHC Inclusion Initiative.

 

Our Mission:

(1) meet the needs of all members of our community in the most integrated environment, with appropriate support in place for those who need it;

(2) provide access to a Jewish education and spiritual life for all members of our community;

(3) ensure every member of our community is treated with dignity, respect and equality; and

(4) promote a culture of inclusion throughout our community.

 

Let us know: We want to hear from you. What more can we do to ensure everyone can bring their whole authentic selves to our community?   If you are interested in helping with this initiative or would like to learn more about it, please contact Andrea Vavonese at NVHCInclusion@gmail.com.

The world would be a wonderful place if we could guarantee that all people would feel welcome all the time. But we know that is not how things work. That is why we have an inclusion program, to make the work of including everyone a part of our deliberate decisions and actions. Some groups and individuals have historically been marginalized in American society and in the larger Jewish community. NVHC is committed to making sure that we surpass these failings. In particular our inclusion program focuses on individuals with Special Needs and their families. We take a very broad definition of “Special Needs” as we understand that we all have different strengths and weaknesses and we have to be flexible as an institution about how we respond.