Posts Tagged ‘whole community inclusion’

Sensory Integration in Early Childhood Classrooms

Posted: November 12th, 2014

By Ellen Walters, Director, Learning Initiatives in Early Childhood Education / This week, early childhood teachers from four schools gathered at Jewish Learning Venture for a workshop with Aviva Weiss, O.T., who spoke about Sensory Integration.

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.

If You Build It, They Will Come

Posted: February 25th, 2014

By Jaime Bassman, Consultant, Whole Community Inclusion /

Back in the 1980’s, after the movie “Field of Dreams” was released, I heard a particular line from the film that was frequently quoted (and often misquoted): “If you build it, he will come.” When the Pew Study, A Portrait of Jewish Americans, was released in the fall of 2013 (and the hand wringing over the future of American Judaism began anew), it spurred many organizations to consider how to rebuild their institutions and offer fresh, relevant programming in order to keep Jews in the fold. Continue reading…

The Olympics, Dis/Abilities and Human Rights

Posted: February 19th, 2014

By Margot Stein, Board Member and Consultant, Whole Community Inclusion / I have been watching the Olympics with a mixture of delight and disbelief.  The athletes are so extraordinary.  A lifetime of relentless preparation has brought them to this moment, the pinnacle of desire, ambition and performance. Continue reading…