special needs

Educating Each Student as a Whole

Educating Each Student as a Whole Ohr Torah Stone’s Derech Avot High School for Boys places tremendous value on the importance of educating the “whole person,” addressing educational, emotional, social and religious needs to help each student develop and succeed to the best of his abilities. Among the school’s 480 students, nearly one quarter receive …

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Darkaynu’s Elana Goldscheider on NSN

ELana and Nachum Segal

Nachum Segal welcomed Elana Goldscheider, founding director of Ohr Torah Stone’s Elaine and Norm Brodsky Darkaynu Programs for young adults with special needs. “Everyone should have a chance to be able to come to Israel….all of a sudden our students feel on an equal level with everyone else. There’s this feeling of ‘we belong.’” Elana …

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“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. …

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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 …

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“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 …

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