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  • 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. What they were able to achieve in just a few days…No cost, low cost as well as things to invest in – short term, long term.

    Rachel Kest
    Rachel Kest Director, Jewish Education Services at Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester
  • It is truly hard to put into words how important this Matan cohort experience has been for me. Because of Matan, I feel  I have a much better sense of how to reach every learner - and every teacher!

    Charlie Sherman
    Charlie Sherman Head of School, Am Yisrael Conservative Congregation, Buffalo Grove, IL
  • "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
    Helene Drobenare Director, Sprout Lake
  • “Prior to working with Matan, the Park Avenue Synagogue Congregational School did not have a program or plan to accommodate learners with varying degrees of special needs. With Matan's help, we identified learners in typical classrooms who would benefit from in-class support. Matan worked with us from start to finish: amending student intake forms, creating classes, reimagining children's success in the classrooms... Matan worked with us every step of the way to make sure we were meeting the needs of every child."

    Jennifer Stern Granowitz
    Jennifer Stern Granowitz Director of the Congregational School at Park Avenue Synagogue, NYC
  • I used the Matan curriculum to train my inclusion madrichim that would be providing one-on-one support to students with special needs who were mainstreamed in my typical religious school classes.  The eight lesson plans were well written, dynamic, and easy to implement.  The lessons were engaging and interactive.  The teens enjoyed coming for training and shared deeply from personal and classroom experience during our sessions.  The information was applicable and helpful for their roles as inclusion madrichim.  The training providing a forum and a framework for them to ask questions, workshop situations from their classrooms, and provide feedback to me.  Next year, I am expanding to the training to all of my madrichim in all of my classes.
    Allison Colker
    Allison Colker Education Director at Shaare Torah

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