Special Education: “And You Shall Do That Which Is Right and Good …” Jewish Special Education in North America: From Exclusion to Inclusion

  • Rona Milch NovickEmail author
  • Jeffrey Glanz
Part of the International Handbooks of Religion and Education book series (IHRE, volume 5)


A variety of models for Jewish students with special needs exist, including informal camps and recreational programs, complementary schools located in synagogues, and full-day community or day schools and yeshivas. The historical and legal development of special education in North American Jewish settings has dove-tailed with that in the larger culture. It is informed, in small part, by Jewish notions of disabilities. The limited research in Jewish special education necessitates reviewing generic research on models and issues and considering its relevance for Jewish settings. The relatively recent international push for inclusion and the unique challenges it presents for Jewish schools is presented. In schools that espouse Jewish values, inclusion is an ethical imperative. Factors that support and hinder its application are discussed and encouraging developments and suggestions for future research and practice are included.


Special Education Jewish Community Special Education Teacher Jewish Education Jewish Student 
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