Beth Am Temple Offers Jewish Education for Children with Special Needs
The “Keshet” program at Beth Am Temple Religious School entered its 7th year in September, 2012. Keshet, the Hebrew word for “rainbow,” is also an acronym for “Kids Excelling in Special Hebrew & Judaic Experiences Today.”
The KESHET program includes a self-contained, special education class for students who, because of their special needs, benefit from the smaller class size and the support of specialists, working toward the goal of growing within the greater Jewish community. Beth Am Temple Religious School continues to provide in-class modifications and services in the regular religious school program. We are committed to providing a least-restrictive environment for each child.
To every extent possible, both the KESHET and in-class support programs follow the regular religious school curricula. The KESHET students join with the main student body for t’filah (prayer), art, music, and other special activities. Modifications are made in accordance with the needs of the individual students. It is expected that participation in the program will lead to Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
Our Special Needs teacher, with assistance from Principal, Faculty, and Parents, screens students to ensure that the classes are appropriate for them, and designs a curriculum that is both suitable to the needs of the individual students and aligned with the goals of Beth Am Temple’s regular religious school program.
The KESHET class meets one day a week for two hours. Students participate in most schoolwide programs including music. The KESHET class is open to students in Grades 3-7, and the weekday Resource Room provides on-going Hebrew support for Grades 6 and 7. Depending on need, additional grades may be added in future years.
Nearly all of our KESHET graduates celebrated a bar mitzvah or a bat mitzvah at Beth Am in the past four years.
Thanks to generous grants from the Rockland Jewish Federation, our KESHET class continues providing distinctive, individualized instruction.
For more information, contact the principal, Barry Shainker, at 845-735-5858 x 105 or at firstname.lastname@example.org