Elaine Hall is internationally renowned as an arts educator for her starring role in the HBO Emmy Award winning documentary, "Autism: The Musical." Her groundbreaking Jewish musical theater and film program, The Miracle Project Judaica, has been named by the Slingshot Guide as one of North Americas best Jewish organizations to foster inclusion. Elaines memoir, "Now I See the Moon" was the official selection by The United Nations for World Autism Awareness Month 2011 and by the Jewish Consortium for Disability and Inclusion in 2013. Elaine is a motivational speaker seeking to change attitudes towards Inclusion through her religious and arts education programs, and through the I Win (Inclusion from Within) programs. Elaine lives in Santa Monica, California with her inspiration, her son Neal and her husband, Jeff Frymer, as she answers the call to bring The Miracle Project Judaica to communities nationwide.
As part of our month-long series dedicated to Jewish Disability Awareness Month, Elaine shares her journey of raising a son with severe autism, from toddlerhood through bar mitzvah age to…where he's at now, at almost 20 years old. Our tradition dictates: “Be fruitful and multiply.” I couldn’t do either. Each year at Rosh Hashanah, where we read Hannah’s story of her inability to give birth, I cried Hannah’s tears. I prayed, “If you give me a child, I will give him back to you,… >> Read More