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Jewish people with learning disabilities and mental ill-health, as well as their families, want greater opportunities to participate in their communities, both spiritually and socially.
At NNLS we do our best to help everyone feel welcome and to include everyone in our services and activities.
This basic philosophy applies equally to those who have learning disabilities and/or mental illness, as well as people who have physical disabilities.
Our new synagogue building is far more accessible and user friendly than the old building, with a Shabbat friendly lift amongst other features; and it is hoped that people with any disability will attend our services and any other activities that interest them.
It is estimated that 25% of us will have some form of mental illness at some time; and it is believed that 2% of the population at large has learning disabilities.
Therefore we strive to be as inclusive as possible in everything we do at NNLS.
Click here to read a sermon on by Rabbi Amanda Golby that addresses some issues around inclusion.
For details of Shabbat services for children with special needs, please click here.
For details of inclusive Sunday afternoon singalong tea parties, especially for adults with special needs, their friends and families, please click here, where you can also see a listing of all our Social & Cultural activities. If you would like to volunteer to help out, or for more information, please contact Rivka Gottlieb.
If there are aspects of inclusion that we’re not already doing and which you think we might take on, or which you yourself would be willing to get involved in, including training as a buddy, please contact Rabbi Amanda Golby or Rivka Gottlieb in the Synagogue Office.
And if anyone would like a buddy to help please contact the Synagogue Office.