Matan – Special Needs


“Our children are entitled to learn and live their Jewish heritage, and they cannot fully do so if they continue to exist at the margins of the Jewish community.”
— “Invisible Disability Kids are Being Left Out” by Dov Linzer and Devorah Zlochower
The Jewish Week, Op-Ed. November 10, 2009

The PAS Congregational School has entered into a partnership with an organization called Matan (meaning “gift”) in order to serve our students with special needs. Matan supports and strengthens the efforts of families of Jewish youth and children with special needs and the Jewish educational professionals who work with them. Matan’s mission is that every Jewish learner has access to a rich and meaningful Jewish education and experience and that a child’s special needs never become a barrier to full participation in a vibrant Jewish life.

Matan will help oversee curriculum, teacher hiring, classroom management and intake of students with special needs to decide whether learners can be integrated into the Congregational School neuro-typical classes and programs or if they should be placed in a smaller Matan class. Matan learners take part in all special programs both during the week and on Shabbat. They are invited to join their age-appropriate group for special Kabbalat Shabbat dinners.

If you are interested in learning more about the school and the Matan program, please contact Jessie Lavintman:

Classes for Fall 2019:
Hebrew Class for Teens with Special Needs
Hebrew class for teens with special needs who have already had their Bar or Bat Mitzvah – focused on further development of Hebrew reading skills.

Class will meet once a week on Monday from 4:00-5:00pm from September 9, 2019 through May 18, 2020
Cost for the year: $3,000

To sign up, please contact

For all other classes please click here.