Calgary Jewish Federation is proud to celebrate another JDAIM (Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month) with the community this year!


This unified effort among Jewish organizations worldwide celebrates diversity and fosters acceptance and inclusion of people with disabilities and mental health conditions. 


Should you have questions about any of the following events and programs or if you need accommodations, contact Karina Szulc, Inclusion Manager at 403-473-8073 or email.

Building an inclusive community is a priority. Contact us and we will make every effort to meet your needs.

Movie: Life, Animated

Wednesday, February 8
6:30 - 8:00pm | Paperny Family JCC

A coming-of-age story about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship, and brotherhood.

View movie trailer.

Admission is free but registration is required.
Doors open at 6:00pm. Refreshments provided.


In partnership with Paperny Family JCC.

JCC Music Café: Inclusion Edition

Thursday, February 9
6:30 - 8:45pm | Paperny Family JCC

Calling all singers, songwriters, musicians, poets, comics, and those with talents to share! Whether you perform on stage, at home, in the closet, car, or shower… all are welcome to join us for our Music Café Open Mic Night, in an accessible and family-friendly environment!

Doors open at 6:00pm.

Hosted by Florence Shustack and Aqy Baba.


In partnership with Paperny Family JCC and Calgary Arts Development.

Art Exhibit: Through My Eyes

February 12 - 28
Paperny Family JCC

View the work of Yehudit Chayil and her inspirational message that "no challenge is too great." Meet this talented artist at the opening reception on Sunday, February 12 from 3:00 to 5:30pm.


Artist Biography: As the years go on I have come to embrace that life is what we make it. I enjoy expressing my life desires, experiences, and visions through my art. I began my expressions through art, only six years ago. As I have had a disability all of my life, I was not confident that I would be able to find ways to put my thoughts on canvas as it requires steady hands, of which, I have not. However, I have indeed found ways to accommodate my unsteady hands, rather unconventional to most, but which work for me. I do not have any particular style, nor do I favor any particular topic. I find beauty in all walks of life and I enjoy exploring new challenges to express on the canvas. I strive to improve with all things, including my painting, and I work at it not to perfection, but to hopefully bring viewers into my world for just a short time.


In partnership with Paperny Family JCC.

Kesher Lunch Club

Wednesday, February 15
11:30am  |  Paperny Family JCC

Join Kesher for a delicious meal at Karen's Café.


For more information email Karina Szulc or call 403-444-3158. 

PJ Library® Tot Shabbat

Friday, February 17
10:00am  |  Paperny Family JCC

Join us as we celebrate JDAIM and the joy of Shabbat with stories, songs and brachot (blessings) with infants to preschoolers, their parents, and grandparents. This is a free, interactive half-hour of Shabbat fun!


In partnership with PJ Library.

Welcome Shabbat

Friday, February 24
11:00 - 11:30am  |  Paperny Family JCC

Everyone is welcome to join us for this inclusion edition for songs, candle lighting, kiddush, and hamotzi!


In partnership with Paperny Family JCC.

Special in Uniform: When 'No' is Not an Option

Sunday, February 26
1:00pm  |  Paperny Family JCC

Featuring guest speaker Lieutenant Colonel (Res.) Tiran Attia, Director of Special in Uniform. Be inspired with how adults with disabilities are fully included, and find pride and joy in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

PLUS! Experience a 30-minute IDF style training session for all abilities, after the presentation.



In partnership with Paperny Family JCC.