Masorti is Celebrating
It is the 20th anniversary of our Bar and Bat Mitzvah Program for Children with Disabilities (part of ADRABA, the Shirley Lowy Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities).
Twenty years ago, Conservative Judaism’s interpretation of Halacha (Jewish law) expanded, opening up a world of possibilities for those with special needs. Since then, young men and women with disabilities have been welcomed as adults in the Jewish community and have been counted in a minyan (prayer quorum).
Under the leadership of Ronen Bar Avraham, the program has expanded to more ages, more communities, and additional services like beit midrash, youth movement and camp. Program teacher Rabbi Elisha Wolfin, of the Masorti Kehilla V’ahavta in Zichron Ya’acov, says: “One of the amazing things is that parents always give a huge prayer of thanks for the wonderful gifts that their child has brought to their lives.”
Yehuda Ben Hamo, Mayor of Kfar Saba commends the program for making a significant contribution to his city, saying: “I truly love this program. I love the people who run this program. We are all committed to bringing the participants….together as equals among equals.”
This is Masorti’s message. We are one people, all made in God’s image. All are equally welcome in our kehillot (congregations), in our NOAM youth movement chapters, at Ramah-NOAM, our summer camp, and wherever we gather as Masorti Jews.