Congregation Beth Jacob strives to enable all children to access Jewish Community and a Jewish Education through a variety of programs designed to support individual differences which include physical, psychological, emotional, environmental, and spiritual needs.
Read this NY Times article entitled Hanukkah, Autism and One Temple’s Run at a Miracle highlighting the important role that synagogues can play in the lives of those with autism.
The Special Needs Committee was established to suggest appropriate steps to providing religious and educational support for special needs children and their families by researching different types of support programs, communicate with the Beth Jacob community about special needs support and programs, determine select programs to be implemented to provide parent education and support activities, and community education and awareness.
To date, the Special Needs Committee has been responsible for an on-line survey to the Beth Jacob community regarding special needs, the Inclusion Corner in the monthly bulletin, a Special Needs Simulation evening in partnership with the Children’s Health Council of Palo Alto, a Special Needs Awareness Shabbat, a community-wide Day of Learning, and special needs support in the Preschool and Religious School.
If you are interested in joining our Special Needs Committee, we would love to have you. Please contact Ann Cauterucci by email or at 650-366-8481.
Chicken Soup for the Soul; Children with Special Needs by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Heather McNamara, and Karen Simmons
The Out-of-Sync Child by Carol Stock Kranowits, M.A.
Too Loud Too Bright Too Fast Too Tight by Sharon Heller, Ph.D.
The Highly Sensitive Child by Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D.
Why Do I Have To? A Book for Children Who Find Themselves Frustrated by Everyday Rules by Laurie Leventhal-Belfer
Views from Our Shoes; Growing Up with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs Edited by Donald Meyer
Hi, I’m Ben! …And I’ve Got a Secret! by Julie A. Bouwkamp
Don’t Call Me Special: A First Look at Disability by Pat Thomas
Since We’re Friends: An Autism Picture Book by Celeste Shally and David Harrington
My Friend Isabelle by Eliza Woloson
Be Quiet, Marina! by Kirsten DeBear
Ian’s Walk; A Story About Autism by Laurie Lears
Susan Laughs by Jeanne Willis
Andy and His Yellow Frisbee by Mary Thompson
We Go in a Circle by Peggy Perry Anderson