A package arrived today…10 copies of the 2012-2013 Slingshot Guide – the Zagat-like guide to the 50 most innovative non-profits in the Jewish community. On page 31 is the most beautiful description of Matan’s work from the perspective of the evaluators: “Matan is poised to have a real systemic impact with its new strategies and programs. Another evaluator praises Matan’s breadth of programs that are tailored to address a void in the Jewish community with skill and diligence.” As wonderful as these words are, we could not have done it without you – parents, practitioners, and caring people who remind us that though we have made strides as a community, we still have a ways to go.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
This article originally appeared in the Boulder Jewish News, March 14, 2012
March 12, 2012 – Twenty congregational school education directors from across the country, including Froma Fallik of Bonai Shalom in Boulder came together for the inaugural Matan Institute earlier this week in New York City. Committing to a 15 month program that will enable their schools to better accommodate children with special learning needs, this is Matan’s first major effort to shift focus from direct service only to providing in-depth special needs training opportunities for current and future Jewish education professionals.
The twenty participating Education Directors were selected from among thirty-four applicants, based upon their readiness to implement change in their congregational schools and their ability to commit to the entire program. Matan, named one of the nation’s 50 most innovative Jewish nonprofits in Slingshot ’11-’12, received funding for the Institute from The Adler Family Innovation Fund of The Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, The Natan Fund, The Solelim Fund of UJA-Federation of New York and The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York. (Read more…)
Matan’s recent newsletter announced 3 huge accomplishments! Matan is proud to launch the first national search tool for Jewish special education. Parents and professionals can now search programs based on several different criteria, including geographic area, program type and denomination. Start searching! Matan is also thrilled to have been included in the latest edition of Slingshot, a guide to the 50 most innovative Jewish organizations in North America. And, finally, Matan is half way to its goal of raising $11,000 in honor of its 11th year by 11.11.11. Take the Matan Challenge and donate now!