Gesher LaTorah literally means, “A bridge to the Torah,” and is the CJE’s dynamic community-based Jewish special education program serving students with significant special needs between the ages of four and 21. Students are usually enrolled in a self-contained classroom and have special needs including autism, developmental disabilities, language disabilities or physical challenges.
Gesher LaTorah’s mission is based on the principle that every Jewish individual has a rightful place as a proud and self-assured member of the Jewish family, the Jewish school, synagogue and Jewish community. Through a hands-on, multi-sensory, experiential approach, Gesher LaTorah offers enjoyable and challenging learning opportunities in which students can feel good about their Jewish selves. The curriculum includes lessons in Jewish life cycle events, Jewish community, prayers, holidays and customs, and Hebrew reading .
At Gesher La Torah:
- Learning is something that can be done by every individual
- Learning Torah and Jewish traditions is the right of every Jewish individual
- Learning is an active process, best accomplished in a supportive and nurturing Jewish environment
- Learning develops from a logical sequence of individualized instructional objectives and strategies
- Learning involves families and strengthens Jewish home life
For more information, contact Rachel Turniansky at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-735-5022.