Ma’ayan Inclusion Program

 

 

Ma’ayan is an education program for children with special needs. Our goal is to ensure that a Jewish education is accessible to every child. We are committed to helping Jewish families provide their children with a Jewish educa­tion and fulfill their dreams of seeing their child called to the Torah as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

Affiliation with Temple Emanu-El is not required to attend the Ma’ayan program. Attendance in the Ma’yaan program is sufficient to fill requirements to become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. However, families who are affiliated with another synagogue may use the Ma’ayan program to supplement their child’s existing religious education program.

Ma’ayan provides a variety of programs for children of all ages:

  • Classes for children ages 5 and older with special needs are taught by a certified special education teacher.
  • A trained teen shadow pairs with each student for peer support in the classroom.
  • Children will develop a love and understanding of Judaism through rituals and practice including Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
  • We make every effort to integrate special needs students into the mainstream religious school each week.
  • Small group and individual specialized instruction prepares students for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

For more information, please contact the Religious School Office at 908-232-6772 or email alee@tewnj.org to be in touch with our Director of Religious School.

  • Meet Our Inclusion Coordinator

    Lauren Guberer has worked in the field of exceptional education for close to 20 years as a teacher, mentor, and consultant, leading institutions to become more inclusive environments, serving schools within New York and New Jersey.  Lauren holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and a Masters in Special Education.  Lauren is also a graduate of “The Matan Institute for Jewish Leaders and Educators,” through which she gained knowledge on creating learning environments supportive of children with disabilities in Religious Schools.  Lauren has expertise in the areas of learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disabilities, differentiated instruction, and behavior management.  Lauren is currently the Inclusion Coordinator at Temple Emanu-El where she oversees the Ma’ayan program in the Religious School, which includes a self-contained classroom as well as a full Inclusion program serving a variety of different types of learners.   Lauren also serves as a consultant to the Temple's professional staff on matters pertaining to students with disabilities and provides professional development to the faculty and staff.

    Meet Our Inclusion Coordinator

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Interested in our inclusion program? Contact us!

Testimonials Hear what some of our Ma'ayan Parents have to say

  • The Ma’ayan Program has enabled D. to join the rest of the family in learning about Jewish life and participating in the traditions of the Jewish community. Before Ma’ayan, we were concerned that D. would never have a Hebrew School experience and would not be able to access Jewish traditions outside our home. We have been delighted with the program and, more importantly, our son loves it. The teacher and student aides are warm and welcoming and truly special people. D and his classmates have joined the Temple Emanu-El and JCC communities for Shabbat services, holiday celebrations and more. Our son is finally getting the Jewish education he deserves.

  • The Ma’ayan program has taught S. to feel more comfortable with being Jewish. He has learned a great deal with the shadows and his teacher about the Jewish holidays. When we say prayers at home and in Temple, S. is more willing to join in and sing along. He enjoys going to Hebrew school and learning new things and making wonderful art projects every week. He has learned so much and continues to learn every time he goes to the Ma’ayan program.

Ma'ayan Registration

Registration for Ma’ayan is ongoing. Prior to starting the program, the Ma’ayan directors will conduct an intake interview with the student’s parents to ensure that the program can meet the child’s Jewish educational needs.

For more information please contact Abra Lee, the Religious School Director, at: 908-232-6770 or email: alee@tewnj.org.

Ma’ayan is made possible by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Metro West and the Holly E. Wetscher Ma’ayan Education Fund.

Participation in Ma’ayan is open to anyone in the Jewish community, regardless of synagogue affiliation.