Working with you to empower yourself
At Yad HaChazakah The Jewish
Disability Empowerment Center, Inc. we believe in you. We
want to see you discover and use your personal strengths,
abilities, and resources to take more control over the
direction and quality of your life.
We can work with you to empower
yourself to live, love, learn, work, worship, and strive
toward leadership in your community.
Yad HaChazakah-JDEC provides:
- Personal coaching
- Peer networking and support
- Advocacy and resource
- Topical workshops
- Disability awareness and
It's time that we, Jews with obvious
and hidden disabilities, make our presence felt,
our voices heard, and our strengths sought in our
Sharon Shapiro, Founding Director, Yad
How is Yad HaChazakah-JDEC Different?
Yad HaChazakah-JDEC is unique among other
Jewish disability organizations; we are led primarily by
both Jews with obvious and Jews with hidden disabilities
or ongoing health conditions. More than half of our board
members have disabilities or chronic health conditions;
since WE are the experts in living with disability, we
are often best suited to support each other.
Serving Jews from all cultures and
backgrounds, Yad HaChazakah-JDEC is governed and operated
in accordance with Orthodox precepts. Together, we work
to develop your capacities and form a network of
resources for you to be able to:
- Manage your home and daily
- Date, marry, and raise
- Work or volunteer
- Access learning opportunities
and fulfill mitzvos
- Participate fully in and
contribute to your community
We provide assistance according to
Rambams (Maimonides) teaching; the highest
level of tzedakah is to strengthen each others
capacities to live with dignity and respect. We do this
by working with you to build your skills and access
resources that will help you for a lifetime.
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words of Rabbi Benjamin Hecht,
Rabbinic Advisor to YAD-JDEC:
|"We all need each other, some
more and some less. The obligation to care calls
upon each of us to help one another. The
inalienable right of the human being to possess
and maintain dignity demands of us to ensure that
our caring does not stifle the
individualbelittling him or herbut
rather empowers the individual. As we care for
another, we must ensure that we safeguard that
other persons dignity and that our acts of
giving have the intent to empower everyone to
meet their Divine potential and full capacities
as individuals. This is the Torah directive
to care and respect."
Rabbi Hecht's article: "A Torah Response to Jews with
Disabilities" at nishma.org