An Update from your Accessibility Initiative Committee!

In keeping with the DJC’s core value of inclusivity, your AI Committee has been working hard to promote accessibility in our community. This means identifying and removing barriers that impede access for all who wish to attend DJC events.

With the High Holy Days in mind, we want to alert you to our ongoing initiatives and successes:

  • Many venues at Eastminster Church are now wheelchair-accessible. There is a ramped entrance on Jackman Avenue with power doors that gives direct access to the sanctuary and the auditorium. There is an elevator at this entrance that goes up to the auditorium floor, and goes down to where the Hurndale and Jackman rooms are. There are wheelchair-accessible all-gender washrooms on all three of these floors.
  • Unfortunately, we have not yet figured out how to provide wheelchair or walker access to the bima, but we are working on this issue.
  • The first two front rows in the left and right sets of pews in the sanctuary are designated for individuals who, because of disability, need to sit close to the front. Greeters (identified with a special badge) will be available to help you make your way to this section.
  • We are working on booking ASL interpretation for the High Holy Day services and education sessions.  We will update you (via both newsletter and website) on which events will have ASL as we confirm interpreters.
  • Scent-free Policy: Some members of our community have severe scent sensitivities. Please refrain from using scented products when attending DJC events. This is particularly important for High Holy Day services when we are by necessity crowded together. In the sanctuary, the first two rows on the right are designated scent-free. Please only sit in this section if you are not wearing scented products. If you come to an event wearing a scented product, please sit closer to the back, well away from our designated scent-free seating area. Your cooperation will be warmly appreciated.
  • For Shabbat services, two large-print Siddurim and one braille Siddur are available. Please ask a greeter if you need one.
  • We are looking into digitizing the High Holy Day machzorim. This will give members with visual disabilities the option to access the texts via tablet computers or other digital devices. If we are successful in this endeavour, it will be announced in the newsletter.
  • We plan to have a quiet space available for those who might need a break during the High Holy Day services.

We thank you in advance for helping us make the DJC a community that removes barriers and is open and accessible to all.

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