Film screening, resource fair planned for Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month

Lior Liebling is shown in the 2007 documentary ‘Praying With Lior.’ The film follows Lior, a boy with special needs, as he approaches his bar mitzvah.

In an effort to educate, engage and bring together individuals with disabilities and their families, Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Jewish Community Inclusion Initiative and the St. Louis Jewish Film Festival will hold a film screening and Jewish resource fair on Sunday, Feb. 16 at the Galleria 6 Cinema. 

The fair, featuring Jewish agencies that offer programs for disabilities, will start at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., “Praying with Lior” will be shown in the theater. A discussion will follow the screening. 

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children under 18. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit 

The event coincides with national Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month and North American Inclusion Month.

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 The documentary follows Lior Liebling, a boy with special needs who is known as “the little rebbe,” as he approaches his bar mitzvah ceremony. The film raises questions about how people with disabilities are perceived and received by faith communities.

The film and resource fair is the first event for the Inclusion Initiative, which has a mission to promote full participation in Jewish life for individuals with disabilities and their families by enhancing inclusion, providing resources and collaborating with existing services in the St. Louis community. 

For more information about the event or the St. Louis Jewish Community Inclusion Initiative, contact Susan Scribner at [email protected] or 314-442-3846.