Whole Community Inclusion

Whole Community Inclusion engages people with special needs and their families and supports their ability to access a range of Jewish educational experiences from early childhood through the transition to adulthood. Whole Community Inclusion core programs focus on:

  • Creating community learning activities that are accessible to all families;
  • Empowering congregations to more effectively include and support individuals with special needs and their families (through workshops, trainings, consultation);
  • Providing a forum for parents, educators and Jewish communal leaders to share best practices and raise the level of awareness, so that inclusion becomes integrated into all aspects of the Philadelphia Jewish community.

Whole Community Inclusion is made possible with support from the Lasko Family Foundation, the Stein Family Foundation, and other generous donors.


Learning opportunities for families include:

  • jkidphilly Sensory-Friendly Playdates
  • Whole Community Inclusion Seminars and Webinars

Learning opportunities for educators include:

  • Inclusion Practices Professional Development Meetings and Webinars
  • Teen Assistant Program (TAP)/Reta Emerson Fellowship

Learning opportunities for community members and leaders include:

  • Opening the Gates of Torah Inclusion Series
  • Inclusion Committee Support Webinars
  • Inclusion Committee Meetings

Student Info Form
Synagogue Welcoming Sign
Passover Resources



  Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

gkaplan-mayer@jewishlearningventure.org / 215.320.0376