Lisa Friedman is widely recognized in the field of Jewish Special Education. She is currently an Education Director at Temple Beth-El in Hillsborough, New Jersey, where she has developed and oversees an inclusive synagogue school. She is also the Manager of Social Media and Alumni Networks for Matan. Lisa consults with Jewish organizations to guide them in the development of inclusive practices for staff, clergy and families through dialogue, interactive workshops and awareness training. Lisa is a sought after speaker on a wide variety of topics for professionals, lay leaders, teachers, parents and teens and blogs about disabilities and inclusion at Removing the Stumbling Block.
Like most parents, I have a lot of funny stories about my kids. I also have some frustrating stories, some things I could brag about, a few sad tales, and a handful of stories about those “aha”…moments. But every once in a while there’s a story that seamlessly merges our parenting and professional lives. This is mine. First, a little professional background: I am a Jewish educator. Sometimes I say I am a Jewish special educator. Other times I just acknowledge that I’m a synagogue education director who cares deeply about… >> Read More
This year, at our first night’s seder, my 11-year-old daughter declared her desire to find the afikomen. You see, she informed me, this would be her only chance.
Puzzled, I asked why. After all,…we were heading to a friend’s home for the second night, and there would most certainly be an afikomen hunt there, as well. (Back story: The friends we celebrate Passover with have one son, Josh, who has Cerebral Palsy. I have written about him and my children’s relationship with him before. Our families have been… >> Read More
As part of our month-long series dedicated to Jewish Disability Awareness Month, Lisa Friedman, a Jewish Special educator and advocate for inclusion, shares her guiding principals for creating a…learning environment that is accessible to all students. In my role as an Education Director of a synagogue’s Hebrew school, I have the good fortune to be able to use my skills to develop programs that enable students of all abilities to learn and thrive in a religious school setting. As an advocate of inclusion,… >> Read More