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RespectAbility's new National Leadership Program will attract college and graduate students with or without disabilities who wish to enter the disability advocacy field. The program will offer hands-on work experiences and coaching over a period of at least nine weeks in a supportive environment. Fellows participating in the National Leadership Program will learn public policy, advocacy, and strategic communications techniques from top professionals through hands-on work. Learn more here

Observed annually on November 20th, Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), was established fifteen years ago as a day set aside for remembering the lives of those gender expansive and gender non-conforming individuals who were viciously murdered for being themselves. Please join Keshet in advancing transgender inclusion in your Jewish community by observing Transgender Day of Remembrance. Resources and events taking place across the country can be found here.

Last week I stood in a room full of Jewish leaders who made me hopeful about the future of the Jewish world. These leaders—from 16 Jewish day schools, synagogues, camps, Hillels, and community organizations—came to Keshet’s Boston Leadership Summit to study together, discuss LGBT inclusion practices, and create action plans for greater LGBT inclusion within their institutions in the coming year.

These leaders are ready to go beyond acceptance and move towards proactive inclusion, devoting their time and resources to intentionally working to create communities where inclusion is a central value.

I love what one religious school teacher from a Conservative synagogue said when asked what the most significant thing she gained from the day: ”Being LGBT friendly is more than welcoming someone with your words—it takes systematic planning on the program and policy levels.”

I can’t wait to see what they accomplish in the coming year.

Below are some of our favorite photos from the day—take a look! And check out our full album of photos here.

What Does Inclusion Look Like? July 24, 2014, Keshet, by Chasiah Haberman