Special needs children

A Welcoming Jewish Education For All

Briarcliff program lets kids with special needs thrive as part of shul community.

12/10/2013 - 19:00
Westchester Correspondent

Wearing kipot and prayer shawls, the students opened their siddurim and chanted the Ashrei prayer quietly but clearly, as their teacher and three teenage assistants guided them through a transliterated text. Then the students gently opened the small ark in their classroom, as one carried a Torah around the room, before they practiced the blessings for an aliyah, when they’re called to the Torah, sang a spirited version of “Oseh Shalom,” and covered their eyes to say the Shema.

LEV program teacher Sheera Zuckerman helps out a student reading Hebrew. Merri Rosenberg

A More Welcoming Shul

Program that teaches rabbis the how and why of inclusion poised to grow.
02/12/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Many congregants are a bit intimidated by their rabbis — not Shelley Cohen, not when it came to fighting for her son Nate, who suffered from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a fatal genetic disease.

Rabbinical student Raif Melhado and a study partner make their way through a text on Jewish law and the deaf. Helen Chernikoff

HASC Staff Fighting Return Of Disgraced Exec

Supporters of camp for children with special needs call board action corrupt.
04/11/2011 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

Seven and a half years after being forced to step down as the top executive of the Hebrew Academy for Special Needs (HASC) amid allegations of serious financial improprieties on his part, Bernard Moshe Kahn of Brooklyn is back — but not without a fight from some of the organization’s most dedicated staff and supporters.

A group of fundraisers for HASC, above, have put their efforts on hold because of the “deceit[ful]” reinstatement of Moshe Kahn.

Panel Discussion: The Jewish community's obligation to children with special needs

 On May 24, 2010, a panel of experts gathered at Cong. Shearith Israel in Manhattan to discuss the Jewish community's obligation to children with special needs.


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