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Introducing IssieRoots: Interactive Holiday Activities for all

17, March 2021

Jewish holidays are central to Jewish life, family, and community, and have deep emotional value for children and their families. In order to maximize the inclusion of all children in family holiday traditions and activities we are creating IssieRoots, a

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Making Costume Dreams Come True 6.0

24, February 2021

Purim time has come again and for the 6th year running, we celebrated with our costume-making event…despite the additional challenge of meeting with the children and creating the costumes while still maintaining social distance and keeping everyone safe. When sitting

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Hanukkah 2020 – Celebrating Together while Apart

11, December 2020

This week, Jews around the world begin to celebrate the holiday of Hanukkah, or Festival of Lights. The holiday is a favorite of children, filled with family gatherings, candle lighting, gifts and of course, delicious foods. This year, many of

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Beit Issie Shapiro’s new Haggadah and other Digital Ideas for Passover

29, March 2020

We are very excited to unveil our updated interactive Haggadah. Created using the Ji Tap platform, our Haggadah is colorful and engaging and allows children and others to follow along and participate in the Seder even if they are unable

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“Making Costume Dreams Come True” Celebrates 5 years!

6, March 2020

Beit Issie Shapiro’s “Making Costume Dreams Come True” event celebrated 5 years last week! 30 children and youth with disabilities who use mobility devices were again matched with student volunteers from the design department of Holon Institute of Technology (HIT)

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Creating an Inclusive Halloween Experience

24, October 2019

With Halloween just around the corner, everyone is busy decorating their houses, buying candy and getting their costumes in order. For some children, though, this time of year can bring anxiety and discomfort. Children with sensory differences may find costumes

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Ramadan Kareem – Activities for a Special Month

17, May 2019

Ramadan is an annual observance that lasts a whole month and ends in a three day holiday called “Eid al-Fitr”. The month is full of traditions and ceremonies that characterize the fasting days. At the Sindian Early Intervention Center of

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Four (+1) Activities for Passover

30, April 2018

Passover is right around the corner and that holiday spirit can already be felt through the school halls. Classrooms are busy cleaning, learning about holiday concepts and some have already had their mock Seders. In preparing for and celebrating Passover

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The Third Annual Purim Costume Make-a-Thon

24, April 2018

Last week we held the third annual Purim Costume Make-a-Thon at Beit Issie Shapiro, an emotional event full of imagination, creativity and inspiration. This year we had close to 30 children and youth with disabilities who use wheelchairs or walkers,

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Singing Together: Using AAC in Song

11, February 2018

As in every kindergarten, our teachers use hand and body movements while singing children’s songs in circle time. However, in our school, most of the gestures we use in songs are actual signs taken from Israeli Sign Language. Choosing actual

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