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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Ethnic & Immigrant Centers, Human Services, Immigration, Primary & Elementary Schools, Special Education

Mission: Matan supports Jewish communities, professionals, and institutions in educating children with special learning needs. Matan is committed to exposing all children to the “wonder” of Jewish life and fostering literate and engaged Jews through creative and multi-sensory approaches. By strengthening the capacity of Jewish institutions to support and sustain more educationally varied programs, Matan is expanding the Jewish community’s ability to fulfill the obligation to include all children – not just typical learners - in their Jewish educational birthright.

Geographic areas served: New York tri-state area

Programs: Provide support to teachers, families, and children that require special educational requirements, including severe developmental disabilities.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 4

I have seen the people at Matan work tirelessly to serve kids with special learning needs. They are passionate about their work and they reach families who feel disenfranchised from the Jewish community.



Rating: 5

had the opportunity to visit a Matan class for young children, one for adolescents and a holiday celebration for families. Without Matan these children would not have the opportunity to access religious education. Young children are cute, but the older children are not so “cute” and can be difficult to manage and miss out on many opportunities to interact and socialize with others their age.. Thanks to Matan they get the exposure to religious education and at the same time, an opportunity to socialize in an environment where they don’t have to feel “different.” The holiday celebration was a joyous occasion meticulously planned and organized by the Matan staff. Parents and children were having a wonderful time. Its not often that funders get to have the opportunity to see their money at work and feel a sense of pride and that they are making a difference in a really worthwhile way. I wish more people could become aware of the needs Matan is meeting and its success doing so.