Diverse Learners and Special Needs
Temple Shalom is deeply committed to helping all children in our community receive a meaningful and high quality Jewish education.
Our staff is supported by our Inclusion Coordinator and we work regularly with Gateways (Access to Jewish Education) to ensure they are caring and well trained as we strive to create an inclusive community.
Over thirty talented teenagers participate in our Madrichim (teaching assistant) program by training monthly and serving as classroom and one-to-one aide support for children attending our Sunday program.
Click here for beautiful insight about the Madrichim program and Inclusion from one-on-one aide Jen Rosenthal.
Meet Emily Kieval,
Emily grew up in West Newton and has been working with children with learning differences for over 15 years in schools, synagogues, hospitals, and camps. She founded the Denver chapter of Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, and created and ran a Hebrew school program for children with disabilities in Denver. In addition to being the Inclusion Coordinator at Temple Shalom, she works as a Special Education consultant for Shorashim: Birthright Israel and is a yoetzet at Camp Ramah in New England.
Sibling workshops, or "Sib Shops" are social groups designed for the siblings of children with special needs. Led by a licensed social worker, these groups provide a safe place to share and a fun community of other kids who get it.