Torah L’Kulanu strives to teach individuals with special needs a love for Judaism and commitment to the Jewish community. Through a curriculum that is multidimensional and multisensory, it is expected that the students will attain pride in being Jewish while they discover and explore the Torah and the history of the Jewish people, noting their relevance to today’s times. They will gain an understanding of the practices and traditions of Judaism and the morals, values, and ethical behavior that are mandated by the Torah.
A new Judaic-studies afternoon program for students with special needs will teach holidays and history, prayer, middot (character), and social skills. Through hands-on experiences, students will come to appreciate all of the Jewish holidays, learn basic prayers so they can participate in daily or Shabbat services, and study other pertinent subjects such as the laws of Shabbat, business ethics, and middot. A Jewish texts class will also be offered in which students will delve into the Chumash, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, and Navi.
Bar mitzvah lessons will be offered as an additional course. The faculty is certified in special education and has rabbinical ordination. Four-day and two-day programs of study are available Monday through Thursday, 3:00–5:00 p.m., with extended recreational time available until 6:00 p.m. Dates: September 2014–June 2015. For more information and fee schedules, contact Rabbi Duvie Zeidel at 516-569-3083, ext. 327, or e‑mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Kulanu is located at 620 Central Avenue in Cedarhurst. v