We are so grateful that Matan exists! Our son has been attending the Matan Sunday School class at the Manhattan JCC for the past three years. We have three children, two of whom attend day school. Our son, diagnosed PDD, now 10, attends a special needs school that is secular. Without a program like Matan, he would have have little Jewish identity at all. We really cannot say enough about the quality of the people at Matan. The teachers and administrators have been so unbelievably caring about helping our son learn about Jewish holidays and observance and Hebrew. It is not easy to make a special needs boy look forward to Sunday School, but somehow at Matan the engaging teachers and their go-at-each-child’s-pace approach combine to make our son actually look forward to Sunday School! We are really grateful to Matan for bringing this important service to our son, as he is unable to participate in a mainstream Sunday School program. The lessons he is learning at Matan are making the difference in him identifying himself as a Jew and believing that he can participate fully in the Jewish community going forward. He has even spoke of having a Bar Mitzvah, something unimaginable a couple of years ago! We heartily recommend Matan to anybody seeking a Jewish education for their special needs child.
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.