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Eight Lessons from a Spectacular Special Needs Bar Mitzvah

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!

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

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.