Program for Students in Grades 3 to 5

Deafness UnitGateways has partnered with Understanding Our Differences (UOD) to implement its grade 3–5 curriculum in Jewish day schools and congregational schools. The program focuses on nine different disabilities, each a separate unit for exploration and discussion. For each of these topic areas, students engage in a Jewish text study, hear a presentation and meet a guest speaker with the specific disability being discussed, and participate in hands-on activities.

Current Grades 3 to 5 School Sites


Cohen Hillel Academy (Marblehead, MA)
Jewish Community Day School (Watertown, MA) 
The Rashi School (Dedham, MA)
Maimonides School (Brookline, MA)
Solomon Schechter Day School (Newton, MA)
Torah Academy (Brighton, MA)
SHAS (Sharon, MA)
Metrowest Jewish Day School (Framingham, MA)


Congregation B'nei Shalom (Westborough, MA)
Temple Emunah (Lexington, MA)
Temple Israel (Natick, MA)
Kerem Shalom (Concord, MA)

To learn more about the program or to inquire about implementing the program in a school or congregation, please contact

Learn more about Understanding Our Differences here. 

In partnership with Ruderman Family Foundation      Understanding Our Differences: The Leader in Disability Awareness Education