This article originally appeared in The Jewish Exponent, February 22, 2012
Special Place For Special Needs
Written by Deborah Hirsch
Once a month, Nadine Silber, her husband and two little boys drive all the way from their Bucks County home in Bristol Borough for Saturday morning services at Mishkan Shalom in Philadelphia.
The draw: Celebrations! — an educational workshop tailored for children with disabilities and their families.
There are closer synagogues, Silber said, but none of them has programs suitable for their sons — Aaron, 4, and Ethan, 6 — who are both on the autism spectrum. They do whatever Jewish things they can at home, like lighting Shabbat candles, “but it’s a little bit lonely when you don’t have a community to share it with. (Read more…)