The Macks Center for Jewish Education is committed to enhancing the connection to life and learning of individuals with special needs, so that they can more fully participate in the Jewish community. Through CJE’s work, these individuals develop their Jewish educational, spiritual, cultural, social and religious lives. CJE works with local school systems, Federal programs and other area non-profit organizations to help parents of students with special needs find the resources and connections they need to assist their children.
The JADE Interpreter Grant provides $50 per eligible event towards the cost of an interpreter. More info
Parents, family members, individuals, advocates, educators, or anyone else looking for resources for special needs and disabilities should know about the new website - Baltimore Jewish Abilities Alliance. Check it out and spread the word! www.jewishabilities.org
February 2014 is Jewish Disability Awareness Month. CJE has partnered with PJ Library and the Jewish Special Education International Consortium to create an educational project for young children. Jewish communities around the country have chosen to highlight the book, Cakes and Miracles: A Purim Tale, written by Barbara Diamond Goldin and illustrated by Jaime Zollars.
Our Director of Educational Engagement, Lisa Bodziner, wrote for the Jewish Baltimore's Blog.
To enhance the learning opportunity and increase the disability awareness aspect of the book, this curriculum/user’s guide has been developed. The guide features discussion questions and a series of activities for introducing the topic of disability awareness and inclusion to young children. There are a variety of suggested activities and learning experiences provided, and therefore it is appropriate for use in pre-K – 2nd grade classrooms, at community events and for use at home.
CJE is a proud member of THE ASSOCIATED’s Disabilities Task Force (for more information, contact Rachel Turniansky at email@example.com or 410-735-5022) and the Jewish Special Education International Consortium (learn more at www.jsped.org).