Lisa Friedman is the Education Co-Director at Temple Beth-El in Hillsborough, New Jersey; a position which includes overseeing an extensive special needs program within the Religious School designed to help students successfully learn Hebrew, learn about their Jewish heritage, and feel connected to their Jewish community. Lisa consults with Jewish organizations to develop inclusive practices and is a sought-after speaker on a wide variety of topics for professionals, lay leaders, teachers, parents, and teens. Lisa blogs on the issue of disabilities and inclusion at Jewish Special Needs Education: Removing the Stumbling Block and has also been featured in such publications as The NY Jewish Week, ReformJudaism.org, The Thinking Persons Guide to Autism, and Think Inclusive.
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