Posts Tagged ‘special needs’

Eight Lessons from a Spectacular Special Needs Bar Mitzvah

Posted: February 11th, 2015

by Rabbi Margot Stein, Board Member / My son, a high functioning child with autism, did not speak until he was four and is only now, in 7th grade, learning to read independently.  Yet he chanted from the Torah, recited the Sh’ma, helped lead the service, and delivered a D’var Torah that was unique in several important ways.

TAP Teens All Over Town!

Posted: December 19th, 2014

By Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, Director, Whole Community Inclusion / As part of the Reta Emerson Fellowship/Teen Assistant Program (TAP), teen participants work every week in their synagogue schools, supporting children with learning disabilities or other special needs.

Educators and Inclusion: Opening the Gates of Torah

Posted: November 28th, 2014

By Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, Director, Whole Community Inclusion / Last Sunday, November 23rd, forty educators continued their learning following Jewish Learning Venture’s Yom Limmud to attend special two-hour sessions focused on inclusion of students of all abilities.

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.