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 our people and our …

“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. Some …

Special Needs: Rethinking What We Think

Ian Piczenik spent this past year as a madrich [counselor] 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 …

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 …

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 our people and our …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …