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SAVE THE DATE! Sunday, March 1st: Celebrations! 4th Annual Sensory-Friendly Purim Carnival. All of the FUN of Purim minus the noise and crowds. Activities and support for people of all abilities. Click here for details.

Click here to see a photo gallery of past years Celebrations! Sensory-Friendly Purim Event.


March 28: Celebrations! Model Passover Seder 10:00 a.m.

April 18: Celebrations! Shabbat 10:00 a.m.

May 16: Celebrations! Shabbat 10:00 a.m.

Celebrations! has been in the news! Click to read about our program in The Philadelphia Inquirer, e-Jewish Philanthropy and the Jewish Exponent.

Celebrations! is a family education program for children with special needs, thier parents & siblings at Mishkan Shalom. The Celebrations! class is a family education workshop meeting on 10 Shabbat mornings during the year, designed for children who have special needs, their parents and siblings. The focus of Celebrations! is creating the opportunity for families to experience Shabbat together and for children who have disabilities to have a Jewish educational experience designed for their learning needs.

Celebrations! offers two groups, one designed for children 10 and under and one designed for pre-teens and teenagers. Each session features a theme connected to the Jewish holidays and includes sensory-motor art activities, music, blessings and food. An option for Hebrew learning is included. Parents and children learn together for most of the morning and parents also have a 30-minute period together as adults to participate in a text study or guided discussion.

Click here to watch a short video about the Celebrations! program.

The Celebrations! program is designed for students who have cognitive, learning or developmental disorders, including but not limited to autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy and Down Syndrome. If you know someone who might be interested in the Celebrations! class for their family, please share this article with them or give them a new Celebrations! brochure (placed around Mishkan). To register for the class or for more info, contact Gabby Kaplan-Mayer at Gabrielle@mishkan.org.

This past year, we introduced Mitzvah Menshes, a social and social action program for young adults with special needs (approx. 18-30). This new program meets monthly on Saturday evenings and features dinner, havdalah and a mitzvah project. Contact Gabby Kaplan-Mayer (info above) to register.

Parents who have children with special needs may also be interested in our spiritual direction groups for parents. 

4101 Freeland Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19128 - ph: (215) 508-0226 / office@mishkan.org