On July 10, 2011, Congregant Or Ami member Matthew Simon, who has Fragile X Syndrome, joined 28 other young adults with special needs and staff on a 10 day Birthright trip to Israel. They toured the country, learned about Judaism, rode donkeys and camels, slept in a Bedouin tent, and prayed at the Wall in Jerusalem. The trip was organized by Mayanot. It was dream come true for these young adults and their families as they did what so many other Jewish young adults do, with full access to this Jewish experience.
Watch the YouTube video below as Matthew and other young adults with special needs reflect upon their Birthright trip.
Congregation Or Ami has long committed to equal accessibility for all Jews and Jewish families, regardless of any special needs they might have. Recently, we developed a relationship with Chaverim, a program of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, for developmentally disabled adults age 18 to 88. Let the doors of the synagoge be open to everyone who approaches.