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Matan 2019 Event

Please join us for an evening to benefit Matan’s work in training Jewish educational leadership to create inclusive learning environments.

Date: Monday, May 13, 2019
Time: 6:15 PM Drinks and Plentiful Hors D’oeuvres
7:00-8:15 PM Program
Location: Sunset Terrace at Pier 61 of Chelsea Piers, NYC

Kindly respond by Wednesday, May 1, 2019

If you have any other questions or concerns, please email

Thank you!

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Please purchase tickets and journal ads from the options below.
If purchasing a journal ad for 1/3 of a page or larger, 2 tickets are complimentary.
Can’t attend but still want to support Matan? Click here to make a donation.

Individual Tickets

Journal Ads

All journal ads must be submitted by May 1, 2019.
If purchasing a journal ad for 1/3 of a page or larger, 2 tickets are complimentary.

Can’t attend but still want to support Matan? Click here to make a donation.

Event Committee


Suzanne Aisenberg*
Eileen Lieberman
Craig Maurer*
Leslie Epstein Pearson
Rabbi Laurie Phillips*
Ken Plevan
Tami Reiss
Leslie Teicher*

* indicates Executive Officer

Advisory Board

Rabbi Brad Artson
Liane Carter
Joan Chess
Orlee Krass
Amanda Morin
Leslie Epstein Pearson
Pamela Schuller
Rabbi Ben Spratt


Dori Frumin Kirshner, Executive Director
Daniella Kamis-Brown
Stacey Fromowitz
Emily Goodstein
Meredith Polsky
Shannon Powers
Rabbi Ruti Regan
Michelle Steinhart


Emily Perl Kingsley

Emily Perl Kingsley

Emily Perl Kingsley spent 45-years as a writer for the iconic children’s television show, Sesame Street, earning her 23 Emmy Awards and 22 additional Emmy nominations. In addition to writing scripts and songs for the show, she has authored approximately 20 children’s books, and many home videos including several episodes of the popular Elmo’s World.

Ms. Kingsley is the mother of a child with Down syndrome and was instrumental in the inclusion of intellectually and physically disabled children and adults into Sesame Street. She is a frequent lecturer on Down Syndrome and disability rights. She has served over the course of her activist life on multiple local, state, Federal and international Boards and committees including the National Media Council on Disability, the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts as well as the National Down Syndrome Congress. Ms. Kingsley is the author of the essay WELCOME TO HOLLAND, which has been reprinted in multiple languages and is known as the seminal piece in the Down Syndrome and disability community.

Max J. Ash

Max J. Ash

Max is a budding entrepreneur with dyslexia who created a slam-dunk mug design at just eight years old. When asked by his 2nd grade art teacher to make a mug, Max had the ingenious idea to add a basketball hoop for tossing marshmallows into hot cocoa. Max’s parents helped him submit The Mug With A Hoop® to a product innovation contest held at Fenway Park and he was named a top ten finalist and winner of the community vote. A full court press put the mug into production and he became Chief Creator of MAX’IS Creations (, the profitable family business he now runs with the help of his parents and older brother Sam. With 6 issued patents, over 100,000 units sold, and thousands of dollars in philanthropic contributions, Max’s ingenuity serves as a model success story that raises awareness and support for kids who happen to think and learn differently. Max is currently in 8th grade at the Landmark School in Beverly, Massachusetts, a school for children with language-based learning disabilities. He is an avid basketball player and aspiring competitive golfer.

Peter Flom

Peter Flom

When Peter was 5 years old he was asked not to return to preschool. A psychologist told his parents that he had “minimal brain dysfunction” (now an outdated term) and “would never go to college”. In response, his mother got together with Elizabeth Freidus and started the Gateway School. Peter skipped 12th grade, completed college in 3 years and earned his BA at 20. He now has 2 M.A.s and a Ph.D. He is a statistician and a speaker on learning disabilities; he has written a book entitled Screwed up Somehow but not Stupid: Life with a Learning Disability and has a website

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