Aviva Cohen
Darrell Friedman Institute

I am Here; Hear Me Bark: Comedy, Disability, and the Inclusive Synagogue

 In Personal Perspectives

Does inclusion come at the cost of limiting ourselves for the sake of accommodating the needs of only a few individuals?
Pamela Schuller challenges this assumption by presenting a new framework for inclusion as the beginning of a humorous and holy improvisational process—a process innate to our very tradition. Reflecting on her experiences growing up with Tourette’s Syndrome, Schuller examines the pitfalls and successes she’s encountered in the Jewish community’s attempts at inclusion, while also outlining what the future of inclusion could look like for the Jewish community.

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