Posts Tagged ‘whole community 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…

Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month

Posted: February 4th, 2014

By Rabbi Phil Warmflash, Executive Director / February is Jewish Disability Awareness Month. In honor of that I want to share a story that illustrates what this month, and Jewish life in general, should be about. Continue reading…

Little Hands Make a Big Difference

Posted: December 24th, 2013

By jkidphilly / We at Jewish Learning Venture believe in giving back — and jkidphilly is no different! All year long, jkidphilly hosts social action playdates for families just like yours, called Little Hands Make a Big Difference. 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…

Gabby’s Venture

Posted: September 24th, 2013

By Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, Program Director for Special Needs / The story of my Jewish learning venture tells how my personal life has influenced and empowered my work professionally. The presentation below is intended to be read silently. View the presentation…