Sha'arim is a Jewish educational organization for Jewish children with special needs and different learning styles. Sha’arim provides service to 8 Twin Cities Jewish day schools and supplemental programs including Bais Yaakov, Bet Shalom, Lubavitch Cheder, Shir Tikvah, Talmud Torah of Minneapolis, Talmud Torah of St. Paul,
We provide students and their families the opportunity to be included and mainstreamed into the regular classroom setting by providing one-on-one instruction, and modifications and adaptations within the classroom setting. We provide teacher training in the area of special needs and community-wide workshops. We have been providing service since 1999 and today are partnering with over 150 children throughout these programs to help include them along with 'typical' Jewish peers.
Our newly launched Darkaynu (Our Way) program in collaboration with the Inclusion Department of the JCC provides the community with a self contained alternative Jewish education program for Jewish children with special needs who are unable to attend mainstream Jewish educational programming. The goal of the program is to provide a rich and meaningful Jewish education for each student according to his or her own way of learning. Hence, Darkaynu – Our Way.
We are excited to announce that we have recently added a separate Darkaynu class for Jewish young adults with disabilities. This expansion has allowed us to reach further into the Jewish community to those individuals who wouldn’t normally receive a Jewish education.
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