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This event is in celebration of Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance & Inclusion Month and Jewish Disability Advocacy Month.

What does inclusion mean, and what does a truly inclusive community look like? Join the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and Jewish Residential Services for an inspirational conversation with longtime national disability advocacy and inclusion expert Matan Koch.

Event topics include:

  • A vision for inclusion through a Jewish lens
  • Why inclusion matters
  • Ways we can make our Pittsburgh Jewish community more inclusive

There will be an opportunity for you to ask your burning questions about inclusion and what steps we can take to advance disability inclusion locally.


Sponsored by:

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsbugh       

Matan A. Koch, Director of RespectAbility California and Jewish Leadership

Matan A. KochMatan A. Koch is the Director of RespectAbility California and Jewish Leadership at RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community. A longtime national leader in disability advocacy and a wheelchair user himself, he leads Project Moses, RespectAbility’s Los Angeles-based Jewish leadership project, and is also on the front lines in many other areas of RespectAbility’s work, including: disability inclusion in philanthropy and nonprofits, Jewish outreach and impact, leadership, legal affairs and our continuing Los Angeles expansion.

Koch is a longtime leader in disability advocacy, and was a Senate confirmed Obama appointee to the National Council on Disability, for a term that ended in 2014. An inclusion expert, he has developed training and materials for many Jewish organizations, including Hillel International, the Union for Reform Judaism and Combined Jewish Philanthropies. He has also spoken and taught at law firms, and at Johnson & Johnson. He recently finished a 4 year term on the Advisory Council of Jewish Vocational Services in Boston, as their disability subject matter expert.

A graduate of Yale College and the Harvard Law School, Koch began his legal career as counsel to the Procter & Gamble Company, where he rose to become the primary legal support for a $2 billion portfolio of brands. He then transitioned to an AmLaw 100 Law Firm in New York, where he worked on a broad range of high-value commercial litigation matters, and was privileged to do pro bono work in the areas of criminal appeals and guardianship. For his commercial work, Koch was recognized as a “Rising Star” by New York SuperLawyers in 2012 and 2013, a distinction allotted to the top 2.5% of New York metro area lawyers, based on peer recognition and professional achievement. For his pro bono work, Koch was awarded the Legal Aid Society Outstanding Pro Bono Services for 2013, based on a victory at the highest court of New York.


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JDAIM: A Conversation with National Disability Advocacy & Inclusion Leader Matan Koch

Wednesday, Feb. 24 @ 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Closed captioning and ASL translator provided.

accessibility friendlyhearing impaired accessibleFull inclusion is a core value of Jewish Pittsburgh. Please discuss accessibility accommodations with the contact person for this event.

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