Announcing Cohort 11!

The Matan Institute is a one-of-a-kind opportunity in Jewish disability inclusion training. COHORT 11 WILL TAKE PLACE ENTIRELY ONLINE! Have cost, travel and time constraints prevented you from joining prior cohorts? Cohort 11 is for YOU! Engage with both Jewish and secular nationally renowned experts (including new sessions on educational technology and enhancing virtual learning for all students): 24 hours of learning during 6 core days, 4 hours of “Inclusion Boosts,” 16+ hours of mentoring/observation.

This year only: 1 hour virtual Matan PD for your entire staff.

Dates: November 9-10, 2020; February 1-2, 2021; April 26-27, 2021

Location: All sessions will be held online, 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ET.

Fees: During COVID-19 Crisis: $1,000 per person ($1,100 savings!)

Questions: For more information, contact Meredith Polsky (

What People Are Saying About Matan

  • “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 created two self-contained classes, and 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
  • “We are thrilled to bring Matan׳s training to DC and look forward to seeing its impact on the teachers, synagogues, day school and most importantly, the students. Matan׳s reputation for innovation and excellence is stellar, and your willingness to partner here honors us.”

    Steve Rakkit
    Steve Rakkit CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
  • "Matan provided us with an incredible roadmap to help us with community planning."

    Sonia Dobinsky
    Sonia Dobinsky VP Community Development at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis
  • "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
  • 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
  • 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