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Erev Shabbat Service & Inspiring Women of CRS Celebration

Fri, Feb 2 • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM



Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) Erev Shabbat Service featuring the 2024 Inspiring Women of CRS Celebration

Festive oneg to follow the Erev Shabbat Service.
We will have ASL (American Sign Language) interpreters for this service.

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Join us in honoring Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month with our annual Inspiring Women of CRS celebration. This year’s collaboration invites us into a profound exploration of identity, vulnerability, and strength in the face of adversity. In the aftermath/shadow of events in Israel, we will explore what it means to be both visible and invisible as disabled, neurodiverse, and Jewish people. 

Our gathering is a call to unity and learning, where we listen to and learn from disabled, neurodiverse leaders, community members, and allies. We’ll reflect on the resilience inherent in our diverse identities and discover ways to foster an inclusive and understanding community for all. 

Together, let’s embark on a journey of awareness, acceptance, and action, as we embrace the fullness of our identities and the power of community in creating a world where everyone is seen, understood, and valued. 


Dr. Nancy Crown and her family have been members of Congregation Rodeph Sholom for over 20 years. Nancy is the mother of two adult children, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. She is also a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice on the upper west side. Here at CRS, Nancy, together with Gina and Rabbi Levine, Rabbi Spratt, and a devoted committee of volunteers, helped conceive of and develop Shireinu, our synagogue’s inclusive worship services for families with disabled family members.


Wendy Schwartz, a lifelong New Yorker, is a devoted member of CRS since 1988, thanks to Nancy Solomon.  Her 2 sons were b’nai mitzvot here.  She studied music at Oberlin and Yale followed by a career at Vanguard Records. 


Donna Messinger was born in Brooklyn and grew up in New City, NY went to college and grad school then moved to New York City in 1986 for her career at Bristol Myers Squibb. Donna enjoys Central Park, walking with her minyan group, theater, museums, restaurants, and friends.