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Bridging to the Future: A Special Celebration Honoring Arlene Remz

This year, we transformed Sweet Sounds into a special celebration honoring Gateways’ founding Executive Director Arlene Remz. We celebrated Arlene and her extraordinary accomplishments in the inclusion of children with disabilities in Jewish education and community — coming together virtually and at various COVID-safe, in-person “watch parties.”

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We are thrilled that so many of you (over 400!) joined us for the celebration. Thank you for the outpouring of warm tribute messages for Arlene and for your generous support of Gateways’ mission to ensure that every child has access to Jewish life and learning.

“I have always believed passionately that every Jewish child, no matter their abilities or disabilities, deserves a Jewish education. The mission, and the magic, of Gateways is that we work collaboratively with students, families, educators and administrators to create and provide innovative programs, supports, and services to enable all students to participate and succeed in Jewish educational settings.”

– Arlene Remz

Watch the Recording

View the Tribute Book

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The Arlene Remz Bridge to the Future Fund

Arlene Remz has been a visionary in the field of Jewish education for more than four decades, and Gateways: Access to Jewish Education is her legacy in the relentless expansion of what is possible for inclusion of children with disabilities in Jewish education. As the founding Executive Director, Arlene was the driving force behind the creation of Gateways and its continued development into the mature, innovative, and multifaceted organization it is today, transforming the lives of countless children and families in her fourteen-year tenure. Now, as we look ahead to the next chapter in Gateways’ journey under our new CEO, Tamar Davis, we ask you to join us in honoring Arlene’s extraordinary legacy through The Arlene Remz Bridge to the Future Fund.

How to Participate

This special fund honors Arlene’s legacy by redoubling Gateways’ commitment to creating and supporting systemic change. Over the next three to five years, this fund will enable Gateways to invest more deeply in the full educational ecosystem surrounding the children and teens we serve, including the leaders that set and drive culture, and the peers who are an integral element of lasting cultural change.

The Arlene Remz Bridge to the Future Fund will accelerate our ability to realize our vision for the future and build Gateways’ capacity to:

  • Facilitate greater impact and return on investment through product development of existing resources,
  • Reach and influence educators in Jewish educational settings including day schools, synagogue and community schools, and camps, and
  • Act as a voice for children, teens, and families in our communities through resource generation and the dissemination of Gateways-branded products and practices.

Our goal is to raise a minimum of $500,000 for this fund. Gateways has been given the opportunity to raise matching funding for a challenge grant, furthering the significance of eligible gifts and increasing your impact. The first $250,000 of gifts that are new or increased over a previous annual donation will be matched two-to-one!

Together with you, our partners in establishing this vital fund, we are building the bridge to the inclusive global Jewish community Gateways envisions, where all learners belong.