Special Education (CHESED)

Temple Beth Sholom and MetroWest Jewish Day School have teamed up with support and consultation from Gateways: Access to Jewish Education to create CHESED of MetroWest. CHESED stands for Community Hebrew Special Education. CHESED of MetroWest offers Hebrew school programming for students with moderate special needs to students and families in MetroWest Massachusetts.

The CHESED program is modeled after the highly acclaimed Gateways Sunday School and B’nei Mitzvah programs. CHESED is open to any student in the MetroWest area, regardless of synagogue affiliation.

The Sunday Program offers a thematic Jewish education curriculum to students aged 8-15 years who benefit from highly structured programming, individualized attention and small class sizes. Special education teachers utilize visual supports and differentiated instruction to present a multi-sensory curriculum that includes Jewish holidays, Torah stories, and Hebrew, as well as Jewish culture and traditions. Creative arts and music are included each week. Classes take place on Sundays from 10:30am to 12 noon. All classes take place at Temple Beth Sholom of Framingham. CHESED students will join typical learners every week for a half hour of inclusive school-wide community time.

The B’nei Mitzvah Program prepares students with special needs for their bar/bat mitzvah with a combination of individual tutoring, classroom activities and a weekly prayer service. Our onsite reading specialist customizes lessons for each child, and our experienced special education teachers plan lessons that teach specific B’nei Mitzvah and Synagogue skills. If the student’s family is planning to hold their child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah service at a synagogue, CHESED staff work in conjunction with the synagogue staff and clergy to design and prepare for a successful Bar/Bat Mitzvah service in that community. The B’nei Mitzvah Preparation Program is for students aged 11-13 years, and meets on Wednesday afternoons 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm at Temple Beth Sholom of Framingham. Like the Sunday program, the Wednesday program incorporates a half hour of inclusion with typical learners at Tefillah Together.

Throughout the year there are additional opportunities for inclusion within the Temple Beth Sholom and greater MetroWest Jewish communities. All CHESED students are welcome and encouraged to attend any event appropriate for their age group. CHESED of MetroWest and Temple Beth Sholom are committed to making our community programming accessible and inclusive to Jewish children of all abilities.

To enroll or for additional information about the CHESED of MetroWest program, please contact principal Geri Segel at 508-877-2540 x403 or leadteacher@beth-sholom.org.