Yad Sarah: Halacha says synagogues should be accessible

Printed information on solutions for disabled to reach the raised bima as well as other synagogue facilities, is being distributed to synagogues.

By JUDY SIEGEL
September 25, 2011 23:09
1 minute read.
Members of Jerusalem municipality

People in wheelchair 311. (photo credit: Melanie Lidman)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Yad Sarah called on the heads of synagogues to make their places of worship accessible to physically disabled people who have difficulty reaching seats so they can participate in prayers.

This is especially important during the High Holidays, the voluntary organization said on Sunday.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Printed information on how to make synagogues accessible, as well as solutions for the disabled to reach the raised bima, or altar, for being called to the Torah, as well as other synagogue facilities, is being provided by Yad Sarah to synagogues.

RELATED:
Social justice for people with disabilities

A collection of halachic rulings related to people who have functional problems is also provided.

New synagogues are required by law to be accessible to the disabled, but older ones can make changes without much money or effort to retrofit changes as well, the organization said. Handrails, railings, ramps and printing prayer books in large print can all be provided.

It is not doing the disabled a favor, said Yad Sarah, but meeting a basic obligation for the whole community.

“Maimonides wrote that the Hebrew word for charity [tzedaka] comes from the word for justice [tzedek]. Justice is to meet the needs of everyone who has a right and give him what he deserves. There is no doubt that it is the right of every Jew to get to a synagogue and pray,” said Moshe Cohen, director of branches and services at Yad Sarah.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Lab
August 31, 2014
Weizmann scientists bring nature back to artificially selected lab mice

By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH