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TBZ's Inclusion Committee

TBZ's commitment to accessibility and inclusion is spearheaded by our Inclusion Committee, headed up by Sue Brent and Danya Handelsman. Contact with questions or if you'd like to get involved. 

Accessibility & Accommodations at TBZ


  • Elevators are available on every level of the synagogue.
  • Assistive listening devices and magnifiers can be found on the credenza outside the sanctuary.
  • Large print prayerbooks for Friday night services are available on the bimah. Please ask one of the ushers. 
  • Focus/fidget tools are available on the credenza outside the sanctuary. Please return after use. 
  • Mezuzot are also placed at wheelchair-height on the doorposts of the sanctuary and the community room.
  • Preferred seating for people with wheelchairs, walkders, visual or hearing impairments, and other needs is available in the sanctuary. Please ask ushers for assistance. 
  • Accessible restrooms are located on all floors. Changing tables are located in the restrooms on the sanctuary level and third floor, including the step up level. All gender restrooms are located on the sanctuary level and third floor. 
  • Nursing mothers will find privacy and comfort in a lounge on the third floor. 
  • A break room for children and parents is available on the third floor. The service can still be heard through speakers located in the room. Childcare is available in room Alef on some Shabbatot. Please check the schedule. 
  • Highchairs are available during Kiddush for families with small children. 
  • A Kiddush table for those with food allergies or sensitivities has been set aside with gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan options. Please partake only if you have such concerns.



General Resources:

  1. Your health insurance behavioral health line: (the phone number is usually on the back of the health insurance card).
  1. William James Referral for mental health providers:
  1. Psychology Today website to search for providers:
  3. Riverside ER services (emergency services mental health unit):  (800)-529-5077.
  4. National Association of Mental Illness Resource Helpline: (800)-950-6264 and support groups at
  5. National Association of Social Worker’s Therapy Matcher: (617)-720-2828 or
  6. Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program (MCPAP) for mothers  up to one year postpartum (a referral for mothers through a doctor’s office):  
  7. Parents support hotline: (800)-632-8188
  8. National Domestic Violence Hotline: Confidential 24/7 support and resources. 1-800-799-7233
  9. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  10. SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline): free confidential 24/7 treatment referral and info service for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance abuse disorders 1-800-63-4357



  1. Teen Crisis Helpline (ages 12-24): (800)-843-5200
  2. Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program (MCPAP) for adolescents (a referral for youth through a doctor’s office): 
  3. The Trevor Project (teen LGBTQ suicide): (866)-488-7386



  1. Veterans Crisis Hotline: (800)-273-8255



  1. Sage National LGBTQ Elder Hotline: (877)-360-LGBT
  2. Brookline Council on Aging: (617) 730-2770
  3. JF&CS Elder Supports: (781) 693-5052


Mental Health Resources During Covid-19 from CJP website:

It's important to remember that we are collectively going through a stressful event, and that everybody copes differently. If you are struggling to manage anxiety and stress levels, it can be helpful to try a variety of approaches. The following articles contain expert advice and describe different approaches to reducing anxiety and uncertainty related to COVID-19 suggested to us by The Center For Anxiety.

Download a copy of these TBZ Mental Health Resources.

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