Eight Lessons from a Spectacular Special Needs Bar Mitzvah

By |2018-08-25T13:02:03+00:00February 11th, 2015|Building Community, Engaging Families|

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. ...Read More

WCI Panel: Bar/Bat Mitzvah For Children Of All Abilities

By |2018-08-25T13:20:50+00:00January 30th, 2015|Building Community, Engaging Families|

By Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, Director, Whole Community Inclusion / Three moms, from three different Jewish denominations, with five total children who have special needs, gathered together to share their wisdom and experience last Sunday for a Whole Community Inclusion seminar for parents, held in partnership with the Friendship Circle, focusing on Bar/Bat Mitzvah for Children of all Abilities. ...Read More