Congregation B’nai Jeshurun is excited to hold a Havdalah service especially geared towards children with special needs and their families. Join together on Saturday evening, October 29th, for an inspirational end of Shabbat. RSVP is essention – see the attached Special Needs Havdalah Service flyer for all details.
For the third consecutive year, The Jewish Federations of North America have launched the Jewish Community Hero of the Year campaign. The Jewish Community Hero of the Year selected through the Jewish Community Heroes campaign receives a $25,000 grant from The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) to be used as an investment in his/her community project or non-profit effort. Additionally, the four remaining finalists will each receive a $1,000 grant, and the Federation Hero of the Year will receive a $5,000 grant.
As we were reading about this years nominees, we were thrilled and inspired by the large number of nominees who are working towards a more inclusive community for individuals with special needs. Please read more about them at Jewish Community Heroes and cast your vote! Congratulations to these nominees:
Daniel Grossman, Lawrenceville, NJ
Sandy Keshen, Toronto, Ontario
Shana Erenberg, Chicago, IL
Jayne Medoff Smith, Staten Island, NY
Rabbi Reeve Brenner, Rockville, MD
Eliezer Goldstock, Brooklyn, NY
Brian Wasser, Hyannis, MA
Gary Moskowitz, New York, NY
Judy Love, Cherry Hill, NJ
Janice Patterson, Oak Park, IL
Jenine Shwekey, Long Branch, NJ
Sheri Blank, Encino, CA
Karen Gordon, Shreveport, LA
Helaine Dominguez, Brooklyn, NY
This article appeared online at Massapequa Patch.
Temple B’nai Torah Religious School in Wantagh is one of the only Union for Reform Judaism Hebrew schools to offer a program for children with special needs.
Susanna E. Heiman, who served as the school’s director of education for 23 years, started the special needs class about 25 years ago. The Temple serves many neighboring areas including Massapequa.
“Susanna was a compassionate and forward thinking educator,” said Rabbi Deanna Pasternak, the school’s current director of education. “She recognized the need for inclusion of children with special needs within a religious school setting that would offer them and their families a Jewish experience that would include a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, if possible.” Keep reading…