Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El has a loving, caring professional staff that strives to support the full participation of children with special needs and their families in Jewish learning and community life.
For that purpose, we now offer the inclusive Kulanu (All of Us) Program, serving students in Grades 4 - 6 who benefit from small class sizes and specialized resources in a hebrew school environment. Our Religious School accommodates a range of learning and social challenges such as language-based learning disabilities and ADHD.
Since its launch last year, the Kulanu program has been accommodating the needs of a steadily growing number of students with a range of learning challenges. Because of the program’s highly inclusive and experiential design, all children look forward to participate in the weekly class, including the general education students.
Kulanu students meet on Sundays from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. and Wednesdays from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
A portion of the Religious School day is dedicated to learning in a small, supportive group setting featuring a low student-to-teacher ratio, a certified special education head-teacher and highly structured and experiential curriculum, all of which support students as they join in learning with their grade-level peers for the remainder of the religious school period. Click here for teacher bios.
Highlights of the program
For more information please contact Rabbi Ilyse Glickman by clicking the button at the top of this page or call her at (914) 725-5175 x121.
"Education is that which remains, when one has forgotten everything he learned in school."
- Albert Einstein
Result of Kulanu
The carefully designed learning environment and activities help the students stay on task and motivated to participate throughout the session. Through games, songs, and creative arts activities students with pronounced learning disabilities enjoy reading and writing in Hebrew. They interact joyfully with their peers, are engaged and eager to participate.
From a parent: ”Avery has thrived in Kulanu program at Scarsdale Synagogue. Her knowledge of Hebrew has improved tremendously as has her excitement about attending Hebrew School. She has gained much more self-confidence as well. As a parent I am happy to see this program in place to accommodate children with learning- based language difficulties.”
From our Consultant, Maya Blank: "It has been a joy to witness the Kulanu students flourish and become increasingly confident in their learning and their community participation. It is also extremely gratifying to know that the needs of the students are being carefully assessed and addressed by a wonderful education team dedicated to the success of all students."
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