Jewish LearningWorks

Include: Special Needs
Jewish LearningWorks believes that all children deserve to be welcomed, included and embraced by the Jewish community regardless of individual needs or learning style. Now in our 10th year, Include: Special Needs has evolved to provide school directors, preschool through high school teachers, youth professionals, and families with special needs the highly customized support, consultation and referral they seek to thrive as learners and as Jews.  


Training and Support for Educators
Gain the knowledge, skills and tools you need to effectively serve ALL of your students.  Especially those with special needs.

Sensory Kits
Back and better than ever - now available
FREE OF CHARGE in the San Francisco Federated Area, nominal fee beyond. 
“The Toolkit saved the day… once again!”  

Warm Line - Phone Support
for Professionals & Parents
Open to any parent OR professional seeking referral support or direct support in any of our areas of expertise. Call 415.529.3250.

CALL 415.529.3250

Support and Referrals
For Families
Being a parent is a full time job.  Connect for support and we'll help you or direct you to the team who can.

High Holy Days @Shul
Printable activity pages for kids. Created with the needs of ALL learners explicitly in mind.
Use it on the go, at home or during services.
Available Trainings and Areas of Expertise Include:
Mission, Vision, and Goal Strategies and Tactics
Special Needs audits/analysis
Staff, madrichim, and adult aide training
Support for alternative b’nai mitzvot
Support for conversations among parents
and staff, clergy, educators
Facilitating play groups/social groups for kids
Convening support groups for parents/families
Support in creating programs for young adults
with special needs
Classroom observation
Identifying developmental red flags
Sourcing and identifying subject matter experts

Special Needs 101
(broad discussion of 3 diagnoses)
Diagnosis-specific training
(including autism, ADHD, emotionally disturbed/
behavioral disorders, and more)
Sensory challenges
Challenging conversations with parents
Creating a culture of inclusion
Differentiated Instruction
Supporting Families
Challenging behaviors
Assessment: From Observation to Action
Accessibility (community events, worship, school)

Meet Dr. David Neufeld, Ph.D.
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David, our resident special needs inclusion expert, has been with Jewish LearningWorks since November 2010.  He holds a Ph.D. in Special Education from UC Berkeley and previously worked as an educational and developmental consultant in private practice working with children with autism, ADHD, and other disabilities in a variety of social and educational settings, including drama-based social skills groups.

Prior to starting a private practice and joining Jewish LearningWorks, David was a Jewish educator in the community for 7 years. He lives in Berkeley with his wife and daughters, who he likes a whole lot. He also likes ice cream.

Special Needs Family Camp 
Each year, children with special needs and their siblings, parents, and grandparents enjoy three days of community, creativity, and fun in a Jewish setting. Together, they participate in Jewish communal and life cycle events and worship services. They attend workshops, relax, find support, and share experiences.

Special Needs Family Camp is a magical weekend for all attendees. It gives families the chance to play and recharge while strengthening their ties with Judaism and meeting and bonding with other families who share the same joys and challenges.
The weekend includes: Outdoor games, a 30-foot climbing tower, arts and crafts, hiking, swimming, yoga, music and more! For a sample schedule, click here.
Activities are geared towards families and youth ages 3 to 21. All children with special needs will have one-on-one attention from highly trained staff.
Families stay in beautiful, private cabins at Camp Newman in Santa Rosa. Each cabin has its own bathroom complete with showers and private areas for dressing. Vegetarian Kosher meals and snacks are provided throughout the weekend.
Cost for the weekend: $300 per adult, $200 per youth. The price includes all meals, education, recreation, and accommodations. Vegetarian kosher meals and snacks are provided. Financial assistance is available through the SF-based Jewish Community Federation's Specialty Family Camp Scholarships.
If you have any questions and/or would like to receive additional information, please contact Cheryl Cohen, Camp Director at or (925)-922-0765.
44 Page Street Suite 604
94102 San Francisco , CA
Sun, May 31, 2020: 4:48 pm
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