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The Matan Institute for Teens is a program designed to teach congregational school madrichim (teen assistants) about inclusion, and help them fill a critical role in the most effective way possible. Everything you need to implement The Matan Institute for Teens is contained in the curriculum itself, and can be implemented by an Education Director, teacher or lay leader. This curriculum is now available for purchase!
Updated: Sep. 05, 2019
February in Washington, DC usually means shorter days, colder temperatures, and snow. For the past few years though it has meant something entirely different throughout the Jewish World. February is Jewish Disability Awareness Month, a time when Jewish organizations, schools, synagogues and the like spend time learning about how to create a more inclusive environment. To help bridge the gap between our global Jewish community and people with disabilities in Israel we have published blogs about an array of organizations we have partnered with that strive to ensure a more fulfilling life for all.
Updated: Feb. 14, 2019
In 1981, Rav Moshe Feinstein zt”l extensively outlined the extent of the obligation to educate a child with special needs. Rav Moshe explained that those with diminished mental capacities, who may not fully comprehend all things but nonetheless have some intelligence, are required to observe at least certain mitzvot as adults. Accordingly, Rav Moshe held that we are obligated in the mitzvah of Chinuch, educating them when they are children.
Updated: Feb. 13, 2019
Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month (JDAIM) is a unified national initiative during the month of February to raise disability awareness and support efforts to foster inclusion in Jewish communities worldwide. Throughout the month of February, Whole Community Inclusion offers programs and resources to help raise awareness about and celebrate disability inclusion across the Greater Philadelphia Jewish Community.
Updated: Jan. 16, 2019
The United Nations has chosen “Krembo Wings”, a youth movement for children with and without disabilities, as a special advisor organization, recognizing the youth movement as a world leader in integrating children and youth with and without disabilities in empowering social activities. The status of the Special Advisor to the United Nations (ECOSOC) gives the movement special recognition of the importance of its work in Israel and around the world.
Updated: Sep. 02, 2018
JDC-Tevet, a partnership with the Israeli government for the advancement and inclusion into the Israeli workforce of vulnerable populations — Arab-Israelis, ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) Jews, women, people with disabilities, Ethiopian immigrants, workers over 45, and other disadvantaged citizens, is one of many private and public initiatives training underemployed populations to address a shortage of skilled workers for Israel’s burgeoning high-tech arena. Many experts believe the gap can and should be filled domestically.
Updated: May. 30, 2018
Nearly 400 ninth-graders from the Interdisciplinary High School in Hadera accompanied students from the nearby Neve Etgar School for Children with Special Needs on a Tu B’Shvat tree-planting activity earlier this year. The Hadera students decided to organize a music and crafts activity for the special-needs kids a week later. The two groups might never have crossed paths if not for a program called Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World), launched in September 2016 by ALEH, Israel’s care network for children with severe complex disabilities, in partnership with Israel’s Ministry of Education.
Updated: Apr. 11, 2018
Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) begins next week. It’s been held in February for the last ten years and is a worldwide unified initiative for Jewish organizations to raise awareness and foster inclusion of people with disabilities and mental health conditions. JDAIM is a call to action as we act in accordance with our Jewish values, honoring the gifts and strengths that each one of us possesses. ELI Talks has a number of talks that are great conversation-starters for your community. ELI Talks have been shared in adult education programs, for inclusion committees and also with high school programs. They can serve as a limmud for your board meeting or other committee meeting–during JDAIM or at any time during the year
Updated: Feb. 13, 2018
Hidden Sparks is now accepting applications for its subsidized Internal Coach Program, designed to train faculty members of a school to be school-based experts on diverse learners. Coaches receive training and ongoing support as they help teachers identify specific learning strategies for students that are struggling. The designated faculty member(s) will receive training and on-site mentoring in understanding and teaching to diverse learning styles, strategies for struggling students, and skill development to become peer coaches.
Updated: Feb. 11, 2018
To help meet the demand for more qualified staff, the Davidson School is launching a concentration in Disabilities Inclusion and Advocacy beginning in Fall 2018. In addition to the standard requirements for our MA in Jewish Education, students in the Disabilities Inclusion and Advocacy concentration will complete coursework in special education at JTS and Columbia’s Teacher College, engage in a year-long practicum in the field (with the option of working at a Jewish summer camp in a disabilities/inclusion program), participate in a number of co-curricular programs and learning opportunities, and enjoy cohort-based meetings and opportunities for reflection. We are currently receiving applications for our inaugural year; we are excited to begin this journey and do this meaningful work.
Updated: Feb. 07, 2018