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TEAM DARKAYNU 2018

   Here we go again!!!! On March 9th, the special students, dedicated staff, friends and families of the Elaine & Norm Darkaynu Programs will be participating in the annual Jerusalem Marathon! The event itself is reason enough to participate as it is such an inclusive event representing so much of what is so beautiful about… Continue Reading TEAM DARKAYNU 2018

“An Accessible Gap Year” – New York Jewish Week

An Accessible Gap Year For Youth With Disabilities Darkaynu gives students with disabilities an Israel gap-year trip of a lifetime BY JENNIFER LASZLO MIZRAHI – January 11, 2018 For many Jewish young adults, a gap year in Israel is a rite of passage. It can be a critical part of their personal growth and engagement with the Jewish people.… Continue Reading “An Accessible Gap Year” – New York Jewish Week

Special Needs: Rethinking What We Think

Ian Piczenik spent this past year as a madrich in the Elaine & Norm Darkaynu Program for Men, the only year-in-Israel experience for young adults with special needs.   In his incredible video (which has gone viral on Facebook), he shares what he’s learned from his students – “ten of the most incredible guys I’ve ever… Continue Reading Special Needs: Rethinking What We Think

Kol Hakavod to Team Darkaynu 2017!

103 members of TEAM DARKAYNU — including all of the students in the Elaine & Norm Brodsky Darkaynu Programs, their friends, teachers, madrichim and madrichot — walked, jogged, or ran across the finish line after having participated in the Jerusalem Winner Marathon 10k event.   Our students are so proud of their individual and collective… Continue Reading Kol Hakavod to Team Darkaynu 2017!

TEAM DARKAYNU 2017

   Here we go again!!!! On March 17th, the special students, dedicated staff, friends and families of the Elaine & Norm Darkaynu Programs will be participating in the annual Jerusalem Marathon! The event itself is reason enough to participate as it is such an inclusive event representing so much of what is so beautiful about… Continue Reading TEAM DARKAYNU 2017

Kudos to Darkaynu!

Chessed means kindness; helping out whenever and wherever help is needed most. With the recent spate of fires in Israel there has been so much damage – thousands of people have been affected. When Midreshet Lindenbaum alumna Ilana Fodiman Silverman of Kehilat Moed in Zichron Yaakov started receiving much-needed donations, she knew she could ask… Continue Reading Kudos to Darkaynu!

Team Darkaynu 2016

It’s that time of year again! Team Darkaynu is once again looking forward to walking, running, and jogging in our Holy City with tens of thousands of others. Join staff, students, and friends of the Elaine and Norm Brodsky Darkaynu Programs for young men and women with special needs as we participate in the sixth annual Jerusalem Marathon on March… Continue Reading Team Darkaynu 2016

OTS Annual Dinner 2015

On Monday evening, December 21st, more than 400 people gathered at Ohr Torah Stone’s 2015 annual dinner at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Lower Manhattan to celebrate the dedication of the Elaine and Norm Brodsky Darkaynu Programs, the only gap-year programs in Israel for young men and women with special needs.The Darkaynu Programs were founded… Continue Reading OTS Annual Dinner 2015

Team Darkaynu 2015

This year, TEAM DARKAYNU consisted of more than 90 Darkaynu students, mainstream peers, dedicated staff, friends and family who ran, jogged, and walked the marathon course along with tens of thousands of others. Being part of a group so big and so diverse, surrounded by hundreds of others cheering them on, walking arm-in-arm with their mainstream friends and Darkaynu… Continue Reading Team Darkaynu 2015

“Integration, Adaptation and Comfort Zones”

“On Integration, Adaptation, Comfort Zones, and what is just beyond them” by Avi Ganz 09/3/2015 Years ago, it was widely accepted that any person who was noticeably different (religious belief, skin color, intelligence, mannerisms, etc.) was incapable of integrating into the mainstream.  What was done with these minorities depended on geography, socio-political norms and more, but the… Continue Reading “Integration, Adaptation and Comfort Zones”

“Team Darkaynu” in Jerusalem Marathon

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Team Darkaynu is once again looking forward to walking, running, and jogging in our Holy City with tens of thousands of others. Join staff, students, and friends of the Darkaynu Programs for teens with special needs as we participate in the fifth annual Jerusalem Marathon on March 13, 2015! As we have done in the past three years, our team will… Continue Reading “Team Darkaynu” in Jerusalem Marathon