Families raising children with special needs face a number of obstacles to full inclusion in Jewish communal and educational settings.
As part of our signature initiative, Whole Community Inclusion, Jewish Learning Venture applies a lens of disability inclusion to all of our work in order to empower families raising children with special needs to make Judaism meaningful and relevant for themselves. We provide programs for families and parents through jkidphilly and we help early childhood and congregational educators and teen aids become increasingly more inclusive of children with special needs.
why it matters
1 in 5 people have some kind of disability – physical, developmental, learning-based, a mental health issue, or a combination of disabilities. Unfortunately, families raising children with special needs too often struggle to find accessible and inclusive Jewish experiences. Jewish Learning Venture believes that every family raising Jewish children should be supported to find inclusive Jewish experiences where they can make Judaism meaningful and relevant for themselves.
Through Whole Community Inclusion, Jewish Learning Venture is ensuring that the support and accommodations needed for full inclusion are available to families and organizations alike, by:
How You Can Help
Interested in helping more families raising kids with special needs feel welcomed and supported in the Jewish community? Here’s how you can help:
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU
Check out our jkidphilly calendar for sensory-friendly holiday celebrations and mitzvah project events. We also have a series of online seminars for parents who would like help adapting Jewish practices to their children’s needs. To learn more, contact Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer.
Whole Community Inclusion provides workshops, coaching and customized support to help you meet the needs of your students of every ability. We also run the only B’nai Mitzvah Tutor Training in the country and train high school students to work as special needs aids in congregational schools through the Teens/Teen Assistant Program. Contact WCI Director, Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, to learn about how you can bring WCI’s services to your school or community.
In addition to the B’nai Mitzvah Tutor Training workshops, we provide resources and support for clergy, and work with leaders to establish and sustain synagogue inclusion committees. Contact WCI Director, Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, to learn about how you can bring WCI’s services to your school or community
Check out the Jewish Special Needs/Disability Inclusion Consortium of Greater Philadelphia and the Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month (JDAIM) resources, including JDAIM Shabbat Across Philadelphia.
Contact WCI Director, Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, to learn more about how Jewish Learning Venture can support you, your family, and your organization.