BALTIMORE — Weekly services, Torah studies, aliyot to the Torah, sitting shiva and even trips to Israel — these are experiences shared by many Jewish Americans affiliated with synagogues and Jewish communal organizations. But for Liz Weintraub and her husband, Philip, full inclusion in life events such as these wasn’t always a foregone conclusion.
That is, until they became members of B’nai Israel Congregation in Rockville, Md.
Although Liz Weintraub, 47, grew up in a family that was engaged in Judaism in Virginia before she joined B’nai Israel, her involvement in synagogue life was merely peripheral. Due to her intellectual disability, Weintraub usually found herself on the sidelines — not truly part of the Jewish community.