Kaplan-Mayer, who received a masters in Jewish studies from RRC in 2001, found that children like her son—who has autism—cannot tolerate the chaos and noise of the standard Purim carnival. So she set about creating a more sensitive setting for Purim at Congregation Mishkan Shalom. It’s part of her larger mission, the Celebrations! Program, which offers families with special needs children an accessible Judaism. RRC student Michelle Greenfield is a key member of the Celebrations! education team. A recent grant from The Covenant Foundation will enable the program to grow and build curricula for use by other synagogues across the country.
Watch a slideshow of the event on the Covenant Foundation Web site.