'Special' Limmud to roll out next year

By Jessica Elgot, December 23, 2010

A special Limmud for people with learning disabilities is planned for 2011.

This year, two Norwood residents, believed to be the first learning disabled presenters to speak at Limmud Conference, will lead a brainstorming session on how to improve access to Jewish life.

Rachelle Adler and Naomi Mushin, who live in Norwood accommodation in Hendon, hope to chair next year's Limmud for people with learning difficulties. Norwood service users will play a vital role in planning the programme for the event.

They will speak at next week's conference at the University of Warwick, on how to better include learning disabled people and people with mental health issues in Jewish living.

They will be joined by Norwood's Jewish cultural manager Shoshana Bloom, Jami's Tanya Harris and Marsha Schultz from the Judith Trust. The Judith Trust is leading a campaign to improve access to Jewish life for people with learning disabilities, supported by the other two charities.

Ms Bloom, who will co-chair Limmud 2011, said Ms Adler and Ms Mushin were very excited about speaking at conference.

She said: "They will give a talk about being Jewish and what it means to them to practice. We'll discuss in groups how we can improve access, not just toilets and ramps but really including people."

Ms Adler, who says her dream is to travel the world, lives with Arsenal-fan Ms Mushin in Hendon. The pair did a brief talk on the issue at Thames Valley Limmud 2010

Last updated: 3:48pm, December 23 2010