Inclusion

Temple Beth-El has been at the forefront of disability inclusion for many years. In 2015, the Union for Reform Judaism recognized Temple Beth-El as an Exemplar Congregation for our work in this area. Our welcoming and inclusive philosophy makes attaining a Jewish education a reality for every child, no matter what challenges he or she may face. At Temple Beth-El, we believe all children have unique gifts to share, and our goal is to provide an appropriate and rewarding Jewish education for each one.

The Religious School offers a variety of classroom options for children with unique learning needs. If you think your child would benefit from one of our alternative classes, please contact Education Director Lisa Friedman. Together, we will make every effort to meet your child’s needs. Further, we strive to ensure all children learn Hebrew according to their individual ability. All children have the ability to become bar/bat mitzvah at Temple Beth-El.

We support our students by educating the religious school staff to the needs of children with special challenges, as well as by providing curriculum modifications, one-to-one teenage madrichim (student teaching assistants), and/or other arrangements where appropriate. Our warm and caring teachers work with each family to create a successful experience for every child.