Jewish Programming: Adapted Hebrew School for Exceptional Students

by Alley Dezenhouse Kelner
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Magnificent Mitzvah Program

Magnificent Mitzvah is a partnership program between The Beth Torah Congregation (BTC) and Magnificent Minds (MM). Our goal is twofold:

(1) To take an adapted approach to Hebrew school, which emphasizes whatever is most meaningful to the families who take part. To teach basic ideas pertinent to cultural and religious holidays, get creative with theme based arts and crafts, teach Hebrew songs and maybe even some Hebrew vocabulary too; all the while we will focus on communication and social skills with plenty of opportunities for inclusion!

(2) To support your child’s journey towards a bar or bat-mitzvah so that meaningful Jewish traditions become more accessible to the exceptional (special needs) population; to uphold the ideal that exceptional children are an integral (and valued) aspect of our community.


BTC and MM believe that Hebrew education should be available to all kids and that the same principles MM uses to teach core curriculum strands (modifications and differentiation) can be incorporated to create a meaningful experience for all students. We will maintain low ratios and offer opportunities for inclusion through social opportunities and other special events. Classes will be 1 hour long and will occur once per week. We invite parents to stay for coffee, cake and shmoozing in our lounge.


Scheduling: Wednesday evenings at 4:00PM; September 2014 through May 2015
Grades: JK and UP
Location: Magnificent Minds/Beth Torah Congregation
47 Glenbrook Avenue, Toronto ON
Contact: 647-404-6349 (Alley)

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