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Building Inclusive Communities

One in five. That’s the number of people with disabilities in the United States today. Matan enables Jewish professionals, communities and families to create and sustain inclusive settings in educational, communal and spiritual aspects of Jewish life.

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Who We Are

Changing the Landscape of Disability Inclusion

Matan was created in the year 2000 to address the lack of Jewish educational opportunities afforded to children with special needs. Originally created as a “direct service” organization for children in the New York metro area, Matan’s efforts now support professional educators, lay leaders, clergy, administrators and others in addressing the needs of individuals with a wide variety of learning, developmental and mental health challenges. Matan focuses on helping communities understand their inclusion needs, enabling them to establish and meet goals, and training Jewish communal leaders and educators in inclusive practices.

Stats

  • The U.S. Department of Labor reports 1 in 4 Americans have a disability.1 in 5 American adults live with a mental health condition.
  • 1 in 44 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
  • 15% of youth ages 3-21 receive special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Institutes & Training

For educators, educational leadership, clergy

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Consultations

For individual organizations and whole communities

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Resources

For educators, parents, tutors, grandparents

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Applications available in August 2022

Matan Institute for Education & Youth Directors, Cohort 13 IN PERSON!

The Matan Institute is Matan’s flagship training program for Jewish professionals.  Matan works with various cohorts of educators, including Education Directors, teachers, youth group and camp professionals. Each cohort engages in multiple in-person training days (35 hours) and on-line learning, and every participant works with a Matan mentor on specific inclusion goals for the entire length of the Institute (usually 10 months). Based at Matan’s offices in New York City or a specific geographic region, professionals from throughout North America participate.

Hear Our Voices

Teen Blogs

The Culmination of My Transition to High School

What I want the world to know about Tourette Syndrome

Covid and Mental Illness: Even as We Return to Normalcy, We Cannot Stop Talking About It

Success Stories

With professionalism, flexibility, and diligence, Matan meaningfully meet with dozens of our constituents to provide us with a Roadmap, as we become significantly more supportive of ALL learners. The field is lucky to have the expertise and process that the professionals at Matan provide.

Stephanie Bash-Soudry

Director of Institutional Advancement
Golda Och Academy

Matan met with both lay and professional leaders in our community and, in a very short amount of time, understood the lay of the land and the culture of our particular community. They were able to pinpoint things to invest in – short term, long term.

Rachel Kest

Director
Jewish Education Services at Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester

The Matan Staff was an incredible addition to our summer staff training. In one morning, they informed, explained and inspired our staff on how to work with all children and staff. Their training was perfect- it was interactive, up to date and really kept our staff engaged. Throughout the summer we referenced back to their session and really we’re able to use it as a tool for building an inclusive community.

Helene Drobenare

Director
Sprout Lake

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