In recent years, more individuals and communities have been working to make sure that people with a wide range of disabilities are welcomed as members of Jewish communities. This blessing is intended to be said by those who are doing this work, including lay members of a synagogue inclusion committee and professionals who work toward inclusion.
God of our ancestors, support me as I take on this work of creating and supporting holy communities. May my words and actions help to create an open, inclusive, accessible, and welcoming Jewish world.
Source of Connection, just as You take note of those who call out to You, help me to pay attention to the people in my community with disabilities and to take the time to listen as they communicate their needs, desires, and emotions.
I know that the task is not mine alone. Help me to build partnerships and to remain mindful of my own limitations, and to continue the work even when it is difficult.
Redeemer, may I continue to be a part of communities that value the gifts of each individual and that respect the challenges that each individual faces. Guide me as I work to create space where each unique person feels comfortable and seen, and where differences are seen as a blessing.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה אֲדֹנָי מְשַנֶּה הַבְּרִיּוֹת
Barukh atah adonai meshaneh ha’briyot.
Thank you, God, for making Your creations varied.