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October 20, 2009

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October 20, 2009

My son has autism and epilepsy. Our synagogue didn't know how to help him, but MATAN did. They made it possible for him to learn and thrive, and at the age of 13 we celebrated his bar mitzvah. Even though he has now graduated out of Matan's program, I continue to be actively involved with them, helping them to fulfill their mission: Every Jewish child, regardless of intellectual or physical disability, deserves a Jewish education.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the joy and pride that families experience when a disabled child is able to celebrate his or her bar/bat mitzvah.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting other families in situations similar to my own, and realizing that I am not alone.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated!!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide programming on a national scale, and serve as a clearinghouse for information on Jewish special education services.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 15, 2009

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October 15, 2009

MATAN's effort to make Jewish education accessible and possible for every Jewish child has moved our community to build cultures of inclusion in congregations and educational programs. The staff carries forth this message as articulate advocates for their work, and has worked tirelessly with individuals, congregations and communities to help them recognize the hopes and dreams of children with special needs and their families.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide rich sustained professional learning for educators, and support congregations and communities to develop action plans toward strategic efforts to create cultures of inclusion.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 14, 2009

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October 14, 2009

My daughter Jodie is diagnosed with autism and has been attending Matan classes since she was in Kindergarten. This year she will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah. I honestly never thought this would be possible, and it wouldn't without the incredible support, dedication and knowledge of the team at Matan. Jodie's teachers have tailored the work to fit her skill level. She is able to recite the prayers (actually she loves to sing them really loud!) and participate in our family celebrations. Matan teachers have even attended meetings with our Rabbi to plan Jodie's Bat Mitzvah ceremony. I honestly feel that they are as excited about her becoming a Bat Mitzvah as I am. Our whole family is grateful to Matan for helping Jodie grow into the person she was meant to be.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My daughter was able to learn hebrew and about her jewish heritage because of Matan classes. Our synogogue was ill-equipped to provide instruction for children with autism.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

offer more classes in more locations

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

All of the staff and teachers are really invested in helping the children progress. They are trained to work with kids with a wide range of special needs.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredibly dedicated and very knowledgeable about jewish education, as well as about how to teach children with special needs.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

offer every child with special needs the chance to learn about his/her heritage. I feel fortunate that we were able to participate.

Ways to make it better...

I hope this group expands and offers classes post Bat Mitzvah.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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