Community Longing and Belonging

2nd annual group art show in celebration of Jewish Disability Awareness Acceptance and Inclusion Month.

Sidney & Gertrude Zack Gallery at the JCC
Exhibit continues to March 29.

We asked over 50 artists of different ability, perspective, faith and social location: “What does community longing mean to you, and what are the possibilities for belonging in an ever changing world?” Their answers are expressed through their art. We invite you to view the collection and meet the artists.


The JCC movement understands and defines inclusion as a set of practices, rooted in the belief of the inherent dignity and worth of the individual, designed to yield a culture in which everyone feels welcomed, valued, respected, and heard.

Vision of Inclusion

The JCC Inclusion Services recognizes that diverse needs come in various forms: physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing. We seek to include all members within our diverse community from preschool to seniors. We are committed to a community where all individuals are valued for who they are and the gifts they possess. We believe in giving everyone their opportunity to shine.

Inclusion Services reflects the values of Jewish Life:

  • Derech Eretz – respectful behavior
  • Chesed – compassion
  • K’vod Habriot – encouraging dignity for all
  • Tikkun Olam  – repairing the world, making it a more connected place

Mission: Removing Barriers and Creating Choice 

The JCC Inclusion Services has a mission to educate, engage, train and support members with diverse needs and their families in our community. 

  • Educate through parent, youth and family education programs
  • Engage through adapting the physical, attitudinal, conversational and social environment so that all members may participate on an equal basis
  • Train through vocational, educational and social programs
  • Support through mentorship, social participation, recreational activities, advocacy, integration.

Inclusion Services is grateful for the ongoing support of the Diamond Foundation and the Betty Averbach Foundation.