News and Views from Gateways

Israel and Our Mental Health

As I pray for the safety of my siblings and family and friends in Israel, I keep thinking about the fact that May is Mental Health Awareness Month. No joke, it feels like it’s been Mental Health Awareness Year, ever since this pandemic began.Learn more »


The Impact of Trauma on Our Youth: Myths, Facts, and Strategies

On Thursday, June 3rd from 7:30-9:00 pm, Gateways will hold a free webinar that will focus on understanding the impact of trauma and building resilience in those who have lived through traumatic experiences. The session will be led by psychologist Dr. Miri Bar-Halpern, and feature a young speaker who will share her lived experience. This webinar is the fourth in our ongoing speaker series on girls’ mental health and wellness, sponsored by The Miriam Fund of Combined Jewish Philanthropies.Learn more »


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New! Student enrollment open!

Gateways' Jewish Education Programs are enrolling for Fall 2021! Find your community at Gateways with our life-changing programs for students ages 5-18 with diverse learning needs. Click here or email gjep@jgateways.org to learn more about our offerings!Learn more »


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NEW! Apply to be a Gateways Teen Volunteer!

All teens entering 10th-12th Grade can apply to become a Teen Volunteer in our Sunday program. Click to see a description of our program, including a link to the application.Learn more »


2019-20 Annual Report

2019-20 Annual Report: From Strength to Strength

We are thrilled to present the Gateways 2019-2020 Annual Report, "From Strength to Strength." In a year filled with uncertainty, where we pivoted time and again, we are so grateful to have been able to count on our community. In these pages, you'll read about how we invested in our students, our teachers, and our programs to ensure that all of our children continued to receive quality services, whether in person or online.Learn more »


What Volunteering at Gateways Can Do: Alanna's Story

She had always known on some level that she wanted to work with kids. However, it was the three formative years she spent volunteering with Gateways' Jewish Education Program that ignited Alanna's passion for disability inclusion and led her on the path to a career in elementary and special education.Learn more »


Mitzvah Mensches helped the Hernández School

For their mitzvah project this winter, the Mitzvah Mensches class raised $440 to buy dual language books for the Rafael Hernández School. The school gave all their books to the students to take home when it closed in March, and the Mitzvah Mensches’ contribution will help them to rebuild their library. Thank you to all who donated and to the Citron Family Fund for the matching donation! Learn more »


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Sharing the story of our 89th B'nei Mitzvah

The story of our 89th bar Mitzvah is a truly special one. For so many of us, a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a significant milestone that brings our family and community together. We come together to recognize this young adult coming of age in the tradition of our Jewish heritage. With such an important moment on the horizon, you can imagine the excitement—and subsequent disappointment—of many families who prepared for such an occasion for months or even years, only to be forced to drastically revise their plans due to the pandemic.Learn more »


Thank you for being part of our 2020 Sweet Sounds Celebration!

Over 400 friends and family of Gateways came together to be inspired by our programs, welcome our new CEO Tamar Davis, and enjoy a special performance by The Shalva Band. Thank you to our incredible Sweet Sounds Co-Chairs Joyce & Michael Bohnen and Ellie & Barry Shrage. Watch the program below!


Explore Gateways' Remote Resources

We'll continue to add Gateways created and curated resources to support families who are weathering the Coronavirus pandemic in their homes.Learn more »


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Supporting Diverse Learners Virtually

Watch our webinar from June 10 to see how you can support diverse learners in your remote instruction.Learn more »


A Special Path to B'nei Mitzvah

Want to have a bar/bat mitzvah for your child, but unsure what's possible? Click here to watch our panel discussion from May 12 about how to create a meaningful experience for your family.Learn more »


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How Can we Foster Inclusive Jewish Schools?

Learn about how Gateways and the B'Yadenu Initiative, funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation, have worked with schools across the US to build whole-school inclusion practices.Learn more »


How do Children with Learning Differences Find their Way to the Bimah?

Read an article in Hadassah Magazine, featuring Gateways' B'nei Mitzvah Educational Specialist, Rebecca Redner, discussing paths to bar and bat mitzvah for children across the US.Learn more »


Explore the Many Faces of Gateways

Learn how Gateways is transforming Jewish education from every angle. Learn more »


Thank You to Jewish Educators Everywhere

Thank you to Jewish educators across the globe for all you do to support students with learning differences!Learn more »


Order the beautiful Gateways Shabbat Companion

The Gateways Shabbat Family Companion is an excellent addition to any Shabbat celebration. Click to read an interview with author Rebecca Redner and to purchase your copy.Learn more »