Eight-year-old Netanel Klein wanted a Jewish education like all his older siblings received. Because he has Down’s Syndrome and needed special educational services, he began his school career in a Baltimore City public school. While he was learning and growing as a student, he wasn’t fulfilled. There were no students like him, an observant Jew who wanted to daven and recite brachas in school. “He just wasn’t happy,” said his mother, Chavie Klein. “He wasn’t getting everything he wanted out of school.”
Today, Netanel’s view of school has totally changed. A first-grader at Ohr Chadash Academy, he attends an inclusion classroom provided at the school by SHEMESH, a program of The Associated that provides educational support for Jewish children with learning differences.
Having special educational services available in the community means a great deal to Chavie. It shows me that our community is aware that there are children with special needs and that they are accepted here,” she says. “Netanel’s education is valued as much as any other child’s.”
Your single gift to The Associated impacts all of these programs and services:
• The Associated Weinberg Day School Match distributes approximately $5 million among 11 schools, supporting 5,000 students in our community. The match helps maximize scholarships available for our students and makes day school education more affordable for our families. Also, The Associated's Baltimore Jewish Council and Agudath Israel of Maryland are working together in actively pursuing government funding for our day schools.
• The Associated's CHAI assists families in buying or improving their home in the Park Heights area (18 families received $217,000 in loans last year)
• The Associated's Jewish Community Services provides financial assistance to 1,600+ families ($1.7 million in fiscal year 2012)