ALBANY– Moshe Kudan of Albany will be the featured speaker for the Colonie Chabad’s Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) Shabbat set for Feb. 23 to 24. A focus of the Shabbat program will be teaching community members to better support people with disabilities so that they feel at home in the synagogue and at community events.

“Our community, just like every community, includes people with disabilities,” said Rabbi Mordechai Rubin, co-director of the Colonie Chabad Jewish Center. “We may not always see or understand what someone is going through, but we can work to create an environment where everyone feels welcome and like they truly belong at Chabad.” According to the rabbi, classes, sermons, and discussions geared towards adults, teens, and children will focus on creating a mindset of inclusiveness, as well as practical ways to help people living with disabilities feel welcome.

Kudan, who will be speak on Saturday, was born with cerebral palsy (CP) and had developmental delays. Kudan started off in a self-contained classroom and then moved into an integrated classroom in public school. He switched to Maimonides Day School of Albany in fourth grade. Kudan will share how he has dealt, and is dealing with his disability.

Rubin at: [email protected] or 518-368-7886 can provide times, locations and other details.