Jewish LearningWorks believes that all children deserve to be welcomed, included and embraced by the Jewish community regardless of individual needs or learning style.

Jewish LearningWorks’ disability services include a personal referral process to help educators schedule clinical student observations; make needed accommodations for students with special needs; and address general concerns through customized training and workshops. These services are available at highly subsidized rates for Bay Area Jewish institutions, including preschools, synagogue programs, day schools, camps, and other Jewish educational settings.

  • We have funding to provide sensory tools for Jewish organizations in the Bay Area. This à la carte sensory toolkit includes fidgets, and other tools to help students focus, learn, and engage in the educational setting.
  • The Special Needs Resource Guide is where you can find Bay Area services, organizations, therapists, playgroups and more.

For more information about our services and resources for Jewish educators, please contact Liora Brosbe, Senior Educator: liora@jewishlearning.works.

Upcoming Event Series

Teaching the Whole Student: Embracing SESL to Create Caring and Inclusive Classrooms (VIRTUAL)

Do you wonder how to create a school culture that nurtures all students and teachers?
Does your school’s mission statement feel disconnected from the work that you do with students?
Are you looking for connections with colleagues who value Social Emotional and Spiritual Learning (SESL) and Disability Inclusion?

In this course, we’ll go one step further and link social emotional and spiritual learning to our Jewish values. We invite educators of all backgrounds to engage in a deep exploration of what it means to create a truly inclusive educational setting for all learners.

Over the course of eight sessions (October–May), your team will have the opportunity to have a cohort experience, learn from experts and guest faculty in addition to opportunities for individualized coaching.

This series will be taught by Sandy Gold and Susan Morrel, leaders in the field of Social Emotional and Spiritual Learning, Disability Inclusion Services, and Jewish Education.

Preschool Professionals Consultation Hour (VIRTUAL)

Join us if you…

  • have a specific question or concern about an individual student or behavior patterns
  • want to learn about communication with parents
  • are interested in tools for working as a team with your co-workers
  • are looking for general support and connection with others working in Jewish preschool settings

Working in a Jewish Preschool can be the most rewarding, and sometimes the hardest, work in Jewish communal life. Adapting to Covid-19 protocols, rules, and distancing intensifies an already demanding job.

Children with behavioral challenges need additional support at this time and many of our standard  resources, like having a colleague come and offer support, or have the child take some time to cool down in the Director’s office, are no longer possible.

Join us for an informal discussion to gain insight, connect with colleagues, and receive concrete ideas to take back to your classroom with Special Education consultant, Cara Dressler.

Special Needs Resource Guide

Check out our Special Needs Resource Guide, where you can find Bay Area services, organizations, therapists, playgroups and more.

Special Needs 101: Differentiated Instruction

September 17, 2019 – David Neufeld

Special Needs 101: Moving From Observation to Action

November 12, 2019 – David Neufeld

Special Needs 101: Navigating Difficult Conversations

December 17, 2019 – David Neufeld

Autism 201

February 4, 2020 – David Neufeld

ADHD 201

March 3, 2020 – David Neufeld

Sensory Challenges 201

April 14, 2020 – David Neufeld

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Jewish Community Federation and Foundation’s donor advised funds and the Fineman, King, Kohn, Kravitz-Fisher and Sugarman families.