Camp Ramah in Wisconsin Tikvah Programs
• Winter Address: 67 E. Madison St., Suite 1905, Chicago, IL 60603
• Summer Address: 3390 Ramah Circle, Conover, WI 54519
312-606-9316, ext. 221
Executive Officer: Jacob Cytryn, email@example.com
Director of Special Needs Programming: Ralph Schwartz, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tikvah is a division of Camp Ramah in Wisconsin developed in 1973 to provide inclusion opportunities for children with learning, social and communication difficulties, including those who are higher functioning on the autism spectrum. Tikvah provides all the opportunities of the Ramah experience with additional staffing and support.
Jewish Housing and Programming (J-HAP)
9280 Golden Valley Rd.
Golden Valley, MN 55427
J-HAP creates caring, safe and inclusive communities where adults with developmental disabilities build independent lives filled with meaningful experiences and relationships. J-HAP fosters social, educational, spiritual and personal growth opportunities and enhances available resources for transportation and involvement. Community engagement within the Jewish and general communities are the foundation of support-enriched programming. J-HAP partners with other organizations to achieve these goals and reduce duplicative efforts. J-HAP co-developed Cornerstone Creek, which opened in 2017. Cornerstone Creek offers affordable, support-enriched, independent housing for adults with developmental disabilities in Golden Valley, MN.
Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis (JFCS) — Caring Connections
Contact: Stacey Spencer
The Minneapolis Jewish Community Inclusion Program for People with Disabilities coordinates communitywide efforts to raise awareness, provide consultation and help Jewish organizations facilitate meaningful participation and involvement for all people. JFCS also coordinates the Caring Connections program, which provides opportunities for Jewish adults with developmental disabilities to connect with the Jewish community, take part in Jewish life and learn about holidays and traditions.
JFCS — Vocational Rehabilitation
Contact: Cindy Uran
Vocational Rehabilitation provides personalized services to individuals with disabilities who are seeking to improve their work lives or find employment. The program offers vocational evaluation, job placement, work adjustment training and extended employment.
Minnesota JCC — Inclusion Programming
• Sabes Center Minneapolis
4330 Cedar Lake Rd. S.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
• Capp Center St. Paul
1375 St. Paul Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55116
Inclusion Director: Anita Lewis, email@example.com
From early childhood education to senior adult programming, we provide training, advocacy, support and fun to ensure meaningful experiences for everyone. For parents, caregivers and loved ones of people with special needs, we offer support, information and education. For youth and adults with disabilities, we create social, educational, recreational and volunteer opportunities. We strive to build a community where everyone acknowledges and respects peoples’ differences and celebrates their unique gifts.
2851 Hedberg Dr.
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Executive Director: Chana Shagalow
Associate Director: Layah Shagalow
Comptroller: Chad Silverman
Sha’arim is the centralized agency for Jewish children and young adults with special needs who wish to receive a Jewish education. Sha’arim partners with Bet Shalom, Lubavitch Cheder Day School, Talmud Torah of Minneapolis, Temple Israel, Torah Academy, Sabes JCC Inclusion Department and J-HAP. Sha’arim provides students and their families the opportunity to be included and mainstreamed into the regular classroom setting by providing one-on-one instruction and modifications and adaptations within the classroom setting. We provide teacher training in the area of special needs and communitywide workshops. We have been providing service since 1999 and today are partnering with more than 175 children and adults throughout these programs to help include them along with typical peers.
Sha’arim — Darkaynu (Our Way) Program
Sha’arim’s Darkaynu (Our Way) Program, launched in collaboration with the Inclusion Department of the Sabes JCC, provides the community with a self-contained alternative Jewish education program for Jewish children and adults with special needs who are unable to attend mainstream Jewish educational programming.
Sha’arim — Friends ’N Fun Program
Sha’arim’s Friends ’N Fun Program collaborates with all of the Twin Cities Jewish teen youth groups to provide participants with guided social activities on a monthly basis at various locations throughout the Twin Cities. Teen and adult volunteers provide guidance and support in fun social settings to help develop and foster lasting friendships among the participants. The Friends ’N Fun Program provides social opportunities for both youth and adults with special needs.
Sha’arim — Gateways Thrift Shop, Vocational Training and Employment Opportunities
Thrift Shop: 4 Shady Oak Rd.
Hopkins, MN 55343
Donation drop-off: 2851 Hedberg Dr.
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Through a six-month tailored internship, trainees follow an individualized skills-building track that prepares them for employment. During this experience, they will have the opportunity to try their hands in different areas and uncover their natural strengths as well as build some new ones. After successfully completing an internship, our participants have a guaranteed job waiting for them at the Thrift Shop. Surrounded by familiar colleagues and coaches that are already well-acquainted with their skill sets, our new employees are set for success! Give back by literally giving back! The thrift shop accepts donations of gently used clothing and household items.
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