23 2017

Celebrating Inclusion: Opening Doors to Jewish Community

6:30PM - 9:30PM  

Temple Emanuel 385 Ward Street
Newton, MA

Contact Jeannine W.

Cocktail reception 6:30 p.m.
Program 7:30 p.m.

There’s still time to join the Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project (RSIP) and CJP for an unforgettable evening dedicated to creating an inclusive Jewish community. We’ll celebrate progress from our current Partners and welcome our new RSIP Congregation Partners and Affiliates.

Our engaging keynote speaker is author Tom Fields-Meyer, whose talk, Following Ezra: We Didn’t Know Where Our Son Would Fit into Our Community, will create perspectives on the power of inclusive synagogues to transform lives and strengthen and uplift the community. We'll also hear from Ruderman Family Foundation President Jay Ruderman and Barry Shrage, President of CJP.

The evening features a special series of vignettes from our current RSIP Partners about how their synagogues have been positively impacted and become more inclusive as a result of this project.

This event is free of charge; however, space is now very limited and pre-registration is required. RSVP by Tuesday, May 16. 

Dietary laws will be observed. This event is mobility accessible. An ASL interpreter will be present at this event.

For more information or special accommodations, please contact Jeannine at or 617-457-8824.

Tom Fields-Meyer is author of the memoir Following Ezra: What One Father Learned About Gumby, Otters, Autism, and Love from His Extraordinary Son, which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. He is co-author, with Dr. Barry Prizant, of Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism. A former senior writer for People Magazine, he has been published in a wide variety of national publications and teaches memoir writing in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer. They have three young adult sons, who are all deeply involved in Jewish communities.