Jewish children with special learning needs thrive at The Emanuel, as do their parents. We have successfully guided children with Autism, Tourettes Syndrome, and Fragile X to Bar/Bat Mitzvah(pl. Mitzvot) – Those things which God commands us, as Jews, to do.The age at which a Jew is considered an adult in terms of religious responsibility. Bar refers to boys and Bat to girls. Bar/Bat Mitzvah is also often used to describe the service at which a young person celebrates becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah. celebrations.
- Our Resource Room teachers evaluate each child’s learning style and give extra help as well as enrichment as needed.
- With the help of one of our older students as a personal aide, most children can be mainstreamed into regular classes.
- All children participate in family programs, where they and their parents are accepted as a valued part of The Emanuel community.
Special learning needs should be discussed with Judith T. Fox, our Director of Education, to design an appropriate individual plan.
Our synagogue hosts Ozreinu, a support group for Jewish families with children with special needs. Meetings include TorahLiterally the first 5 books of the Bible also known as Humash, the Pentateuch or The Five Books of Moses. The word Torah is also used to refer to all of Jewish learning. study and mutual support. In addition, our facility is equipped for handicapped accessibility.
Our high school students do Unified Theateractivities that serve as a model for other religious organizations to engage and include their members with special needs and allow students to explore and lead in theater and the arts. This year, we have decided to build on the success of our Unified Theater and Unified Crafts offerings by offering a Unified Jewish Ritual class beginning December 16, 2012 at 11:15 AM. Each week the group of special needs children and typical teens will work together on learning and performing a Jewish ritual. Our student RabbiThe spiritual leader of the synagogue., Andy Markowitz, Mrs. Alina Bricklin-Goldstein and Ms. Jennifer Topol will teach the class. If you would like your child to attend please notify the religious school office by email at gro.eugoanysleunamenull@loohcs or by calling 860-233-2774.
USY Shelanu, meaning Our USY, is the first Conservative Movement Jewish youth group serving this population in Connecticut. The first USY Shelanu is Saturday, January 12. Click here for the details.
CONTACT Judith T. Fox, Director of Education, (860) 233-2774, gro.eugoganysleunamenull@xofeyduj