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Yom Rivii, 28 Tishri 5778
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Maayan color logoMa’ayan is an education program for children with special needs. Our goal is to ensure that a Jewish education is accessible to every child. We are committed to helping Jewish families provide their children with a Jewish education and fulfill their dreams of seeing their child called to the Torah as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. 

Affiliation with Temple Emanu-El is not required to attend the Ma’ayan program. Attendance in the Ma’yaan program is sufficient to fill requirements to become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. However, families who are affiliated with another synagogue may use the Ma’ayan program to supplement their child’s existing religious education program. 

Ma’ayan provides a variety of programs for children of all ages: 

  • Temple Emanu-El is proud to host a program open to the greater Jewish community for children with special needs.
  • Classes for children ages 5 and older with special needs are taught by a certified special education teacher. 
  • A trained teen shadow pairs with each student for peer support in the classroom. 
  • Children will develop a love and understanding of Judaism through rituals and practice including Bar/Bat Mitzvah. 
  • We make every effort to integrate special needs students into the mainstream religious school each week. 
  • Small group and individual specialized instruction prepares students for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

For more information, please contact the Religious School Office at 908-232-6772 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be in touch with our Director of Religious School.