This past Friday afternoon, while Twitter experienced a “glut” of tweets recognizing #NationalDonutDay, @Ritualwell had a slightly different agenda. We hosted the second in our series of #ReimagineRitual Twitter chats, this one on #ReimagineDisability. Following a successful first chat on #ReimagineBnaiMitzvah, this chat started a conversation on ways in which the Jewish community can become more inclusive of folks with disabilities. We covered topics such as the difference between acceptance and inclusion, Jewish holidays, lifecycle events, and more. We had two wonderful, very active participants in the chat, and some engaged listeners who jumped in from time to time to share their appreciation for what was being discussed. We were truly inspired by the care and thoughtfulness of the participants, who came up with some great ideas for expanding inclusion in the Jewish community. The aim of these chats is to be the first step in ongoing conversations. If you missed the chat, please review the edited version of the chat (slightly rearranged for clarity of topic threads), and feel free to comment below with any thoughts you have in response. Continue to use the hashtags #ReimagineDisability and #ReimagineRitual on Twitter to keep the conversation going. And stay tuned for a blog post on #ReimagineDisability by blind rabbincal student Lauren Tuchman, and a ritual created by Rabbi Michelle Greenfield, inspired by our chat.
#ReimagineRitual is all about highlighting topics that matter to the Jewish community and our fellow travelers today. What future topics do you want to see covered in our chats? Your voice counts, and we want to hear from you! If you have an idea for a topic, we encourage to reach out and let us know. Comment here, on our FB page, or Tweet at us. We look forward to hearing from you!