Posts Tagged ‘gabby kaplan-mayer’

Gratitude: At Thanksgiving and Year-Round

Posted: November 26th, 2014

At Jewish Learning Venture, we have much to be grateful for: the wisdom of our staff as well as the wisdom of those in the community with whom we’re fortunate to work.

TAP Teens and Adult Educators Learn “Positive Practices” Together

Posted: November 10th, 2014

By Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, Director, Whole Community Inclusion / “We wish we could get the same training that our TAP teens receive!” This is feedback that I’ve heard over the years from the teachers and education directors who have teens participating in Jewish Learning Venture’s Reta Emerson Fellowship/Teen Assistant Program (TAP).

Special Needs Consortium Moving Forward

Posted: October 27th, 2014

By Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, Director, Whole Community Inclusion / On Wednesday, October 22nd, the Jewish Special Needs Consortium of Greater Philadelphia met at Jewish Learning Venture. The Consortium is comprised of professionals from agencies and lay leaders from synagogues who meet regularly to set goals to educate and guide the Jewish community about inclusion.

JDAM: Cakes and Miracles

Posted: February 11th, 2014

By Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, Program Director for Special Needs“You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear, You’ve got to be taught from year to year, It’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear, You’ve got to be carefully taught. You’ve got to be taught to be afraid Of people whose eyes are oddly made…” In 1949, these powerful lyrics from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s award-winning musical “South Pacific” challenged assumptions about relationships between different racial and ethnic groups during the pre-Civil rights era, suggesting the highly controversial idea that prejudice and fear of differences is not born within us, but rather is transmitted from one generation to the next. Continue reading…

Innovating Inclusion

Posted: November 12th, 2013

By Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, Program Director for Special Needs/ Kol Yisrael Aravim Zeh Le Zeh – All of Israel is responsible for one another. A young child is diagnosed with a developmental disability and parents search to find an appropriate early childhood center to support their child’s growth. Continue reading…