Tag Archives: inclusion

Room For One More….

Imagine the feeling of going to class on a Monday morning and seeing the majority of your classmates cohesively wearing a bar mitzvah sweatshirt highlighting the weekend’s festivities and YOU are dressed in your normal garb?  Makes you feel down and out knowing you were one of the very few excluded from the major celebration the past Saturday night.  The Mitzvah Bowl highly encourages families to consider INCLUSION when it comes time to planning the big simcha.  Too many children, both in the unpopular crowds as well as special needs kids, experience a burst to their self esteem and self-worth when they […]


Mitzvah Project Challenge

To commemorate Jewish Disabilities Awareness month, The Mitzvah Bowl would love to hear from you with mitzvah project ideas for special needs students. Please comment below! Many congregations are adapting their bar and bat Mitzvah programs to meet the needs of an ever-growing population; students with special needs (i.e. disabilities, health-related issues, learning difficulties). Several examples of this include torah portions becoming abbreviated, adaptive equipment being utilized, Hebrew transliterated to English and torah services moved to a smaller chapel to limit background noise. One key element to a bar/bat mitzvah student includes the mitzvah project. However, when a student with […]