Itanu Toronto Resources


A. Community Inclusion Resources

Toronto Resource Directories

Toronto Jewish Disability Network. A site connecting families, professionals, and Jewish organizations and housing the Toronto Jewish Disability Resource Guide.


UJA Toronto Community Cares Guide:


Jewish Life:

Yachad Toronto:

Kadima Centre BEBY:

UJA Inclusive Synagogues Working Group:

Friendship Circle:

DANI Toronto:


Social Services:

Jewish Family & Child Services SupportAbility:

JVS Toronto Employment Disability Services:

Regesh Family and Child mental health services:

JACS Mental Health and Addictions Supports:

Azrieli Neurodevelopmental Centre at CAMH:

Surrey Place Centre:

Geneva Centre for Autism:

Holland Bloorview Kids' Rehabilitation Hospital:

Centre for Independent Living:


Education and Camps

Kayla's Children's Centre:

Camp Ramah in Canada Tikvah Program:

Matan - Matan enables Jewish professionals, communities and families to create and sustain inclusive settings in educational, communal and spiritual aspects of Jewish life.

Gateways Access to Jewish Education:

Inclusive Education Canada:


Recreation and Wellness:

Miles Nadal JCC Accessibility and Inclusion:

Schwartz Reisman Centre Inclusion:

Prosserman JCC Inclusion:

Variety Ontario:

City of Toronto Accessible Recreation:

Abilities Centre:

Kids Included Together:





Community Living Toronto:



CIJA? - lacking a specific page

Inclusion Canada:




B. Jewish inclusion efforts through Jewish movements


Resources Union for Reform Judaism

Developed in partnership with the Ruderman Family Foundation, the Disabilities Inclusion Learning Center is an open resource for all to use. The website is a  comprehensive source for information, resources, and webinars. URJ congregations that

have excelled in one or more areas of inclusive practice can apply to be recognized as an Exemplar Congregation.


United Synagogue Of Conservative Judaism

United Synagogue has launched an initiative to transform Conservative congregations into truly inclusive communities for people with disabilities. The Ruderman Inclusion Action Community of 16 synagogues is advancing inclusion in congregations across North America.

USCJ also has resources available online.


Jewish Reconstructionist Communities

JRC features a plethora of text and parshiot commentaries on disabilities and inclusion. The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College offers a  free online course on disability inclusion with video sessions with Rabbis Judith Abramson, Evan Jaffe and Dan Grossman.


Orthodox Union/Yachad

Through Yachad, communities and schools are engaged in concrete ways to include all members of their Jewish community activities and services. Resources are shared with synagogues and temples about strategies to make their environments and ideology inclusive.


The Ruderman Chabad Inclusion Initiative (RCII) is dedicated to building on the philosophy and mission of Chabad Lubavitch by providing Chabad communities around the globe the education and resources they need to advance inclusion of people with disabilities. RCII engages Chabad’s network of human and educational resources to create a Culture of Inclusion so that  all Jews feel welcomed, supported, and valued throughout their entire lifecycle.


C. Accessibility and Alternate Format


  1. Clear Print Guidelines from the CNIB
  2. Accessible Event and Conference Planning Guide
  3. Examples of Holiday and Jewish ritual Social Stories (benefits all kids, including kids with Autism) from Rodeph Shalom Congregation.  More examples through Gateways.
  4. Accessible Haggadah for children with disabilities
  5. Large print Haggadot and Siddurim
  6. Braille Jewish texts and siddurim


D. Local Resources:


DANI Toronto’s Toronto Jewish Disabilities Network Guide


E. Funding:

  1. Enabling Accessibility Federal Grant
  2. Ontario Trillium Foundation
  3. Enabling Change Program