A Fire to Inspire – Parashat Shemini

Parashat Shemini begins with the ordination of Aaron and his sons. Almost without warning or fanfare, they are brought before the entire community, washed with water, dressed up with appropriate [...]

Parents as our Partners

In our Matan Institutes we work with Jewish Educators to guide them in including children of all abilities in Jewish education, offering concrete teaching tools for reaching every student and [...]

The Power of Playdates

I never remember playdates being a “thing” when I was growing up. Now, as a parent, it is all the rage. My children frequently wonder aloud why they have playdates on certain days and not on [...]

Witness What Is Possible

Written by Meredith Polsky, Matan’s Director of Advocacy and Training Three years ago, I called a parent meeting for one of our Matan classes. Most of the children had started with us at age 6. [...]

What You Don’t Know, CAN Hurt You!

This post is a part of our series, Reflections from the Matan Institutes. We are thrilled to feature Jen Vegh, Religious School & Youth Activities Director, Beth El Synagogue Center in New [...]

Holding My Father’s Machzor

My recollections of childhood High Holidays in Brooklyn are suffused with images of my parents’ cerebral palsy disability, and how that impacted our celebration of the New Year. Although I [...]