Temple Beth Sholom Special Needs Network was organized as an outreach and support for both the family and the member with special needs. We provide assistance with inclusion for members to participate in all spiritual, educational, celebratory and life event activities at the synagogue. We are concerned with acceptance and appreciate differences. We provide special needs awareness to synagogue members through education, communication, and a positive attitude.
The Special Needs Network assists with resources and referrals. Our group includes many people who are also professionals dealing with special needs such as psychologists/lawyers/social workers. These professionals have been helpful in providing guidance and advocacy with the secular community school systems.
Meetings are usually held every other month during religious school hours. Activities are planned to include the entire family throughout the year. Some of our family activities include a Chanukah Potluck luncheon/gift wrapping & donations to homeless shelters, Shabbat services and dinner, a family Passover seder, a summer BBQ/swim event, and a Mitzvah Day Program.