A boy wearing a kipah holding hands with a girl as they walk down a path at camp

When We Get There

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As the new year approaches and I reflect on Keshet’s mission, I know without a shadow of a doubt that we will get there—all communal spaces will be inclusive and welcoming to people with disabilities.

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Group of campers and staff dressed for Shabbat at Camp Chi.

Visit to Camp Chi

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Almost fifty years after her first time going to overnight camp, Michelle is now experiencing what camps are like when they partner with Keshet. She’s finding more than just inclusion; it is true belonging.

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Young adult volunteers sitting at a table indoors at Teen & Tween Camp

Day Camp as Vocational Learning Lab

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While most people walk through a day camp and see the activities, campers and counselors, at Keshet, we see something more. Through our lens, day camps are outdoor, unconventional voc skills labs with endless work and natural supports.

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Lauryn at camp with two other staff

Living 10For2 With A Whole New Lens

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As a long-time camp person, I couldn’t remember a time where I didn’t live by the motto #10For2. All year long I count down for those 39 magical days of camp, because it’s given me lifelong friendships, shaped me into the leader I am today, and most of all it’s the place where I can be my most authentic self. For many of our Keshet participants and staff, their experience is no different.

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Two girls on swings at a local park

How Are You? Mental Health Awareness Month

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Providing for people’s emotional wellness has always been part of how Keshet supports people in our programs, and is now an important priority.

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7 Ways We Can Be More Inclusive and Accessible in Our Everyday Lives

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There are many simple things that we could be doing on a daily basis that would not only improve the lives of those with disabilities, but pretty much everyone. Inclusion and accessibility measures shouldn’t just be done at an organization like Keshet, but within every facet of our lives. And, once we can shift our attitudes to reflect this wisdom, we have the ability to enact real, meaningful change.

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A group of our MY Life participants gathered together at Good Deeds Day.

Keshet in Action: Good Deeds Day

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We are thrilled to share the service opportunities our Keshet participants have been doing throughout the week of Good Deeds Day to help make a difference and #DoGood. 

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A group of girls hugging one another at "Z" Frank Apachi Day Camp.

Making the Shift From Inclusion to Belonging

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If we are not doing more to ensure that every single voice is not only welcome, but heard, then we are simply not doing enough. Inclusion, though important, is no longer the end goal of our programming, rather it is the launching pad to ensuring that all Keshet experiences are a place where each member feels that they belong without hesitation.

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Group of pre-teen boys at Camp Chi ready to go on the ropes course.

Keshet Matters

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“While I have always been connected to the other institutions on whose boards I have served over the last 30 plus years, I can honestly say that I have never felt such a deep connection and passion for any other organization the way I do about Keshet… Read On >

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Colorfully painted rocks

Justin’s Rock Garden

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Everyone in the Keshet community is invited to contribute a painted rock in memory and honor of Justin Coe.

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Residents sitting outside social- distanced around a fire.

Keshet Adds an A & B to JDAIM

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Jewish Disability, Awareness and Inclusion month should shine a light on other important features in our community — Advocacy and Belonging.

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A woman and a man giving each other a hug at the park.

Proud of Our Differences

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I’ve never looked at my brother as being “different,” only as my big brother. But as i’ve grown older, I’ve had the chance to see him through the lens of my friends and colleagues who had never met someone with special needs before.

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Teacher reading a book to three young girls in the classroom.

Building Blocks of Inclusion

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All preschoolers benefit from inclusive classrooms by encouraging empathy, improved social skills and acceptance differences. These are big lessons for our youngest students with impacts to last a lifetime.

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