Conference to focus on increasing inclusivity

A daylong conference on strategies to create a more inclusive Jewish community welcomes rabbis, educators, synagogue and school officials, lay leaders, parents and concerned individuals.

“Everyone in God’s Image: A Conference on Disabilities and Inclusion in Our Jewish Community” takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 3 at Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School in Foster City.

The conference is co-sponsored by Include, Congregation Beth Jacob of Redwood City and Rosh Pina, a local agency that assists Jewish institutions in becoming more inclusive. Include is a joint project of S.F.-based Jewish LearningWorks and the Jewish Community Federation.

The conference will feature talks, workshops, discussion groups and entertainment, as well as parallel programs for children. Sign-language interpretation will be provided, with other supports available upon request.

A light breakfast and kosher lunch will be provided, and child care for $5 per child is available by pre-registration.

Organizers note that the event is being held on Pesach Sheni, when the “Torah portion teaches about inclusion, compassion, second chances and the flexibility of the law.”

The cost is $18 in advance, $36 at the door. Wornick Day School is at 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. For information, visit www.jewishlearningworks.org or contact David Neufeld, director of special needs programs and services, at (415) 517-4422 or dneufeld@jewishlearningworks.org.