Include: Special Needs

Jewish LearningWorks believes that all children deserve to be welcomed, included and embraced by the Jewish community regardless of individual needs or learning style. Now in our 10th year, Include: Special Needs has evolved to provide school directors, preschool through high school teachers, youth professionals, and families with special needs the highly customized support, consultation and referral they seek to thrive as learners and as Jews.  



Training and Support
for Educators

Gain the knowledge, skills and tools you need to effectively serve ALL of your students.  Especially those with special needs.





FREE Warm Line
Phone Support for
Professionals & Parents

Open to any parent OR professional seeking referral support or direct support in any of our areas of expertise. Call 415.529.3250.


Support and Referrals
For Families

Being a parent is a full time job.  Connect for support and we'll help you or direct you to the team who can.


Available Trainings and Areas of Expertise Include:

Mission, Vision, and Goal Strategies and Tactics
Special Needs audits/analysis
Staff, madrichim, and adult aide training
Support for alternative b’nai mitzvot
Support for conversations among parents
and staff, clergy, educators
Facilitating play groups/social groups for kids
Convening support groups for parents/families
Support in creating programs for young adults
with special needs
Classroom observation
Identifying developmental red flags
Sourcing and identifying subject matter experts

Special Needs 101
(broad discussion of 3 diagnoses)
Diagnosis-specific training
(including autism, ADHD, emotionally disturbed/
behavioral disorders, and more)
Sensory challenges
Challenging conversations with parents
Creating a culture of inclusion
Differentiated Instruction
Supporting Families
Challenging behaviors
Assessment: From Observation to Action
Accessibility (community events, worship, school)


Meet David Neufeld, Ph.D.


David, our resident special needs inclusion expert, has been with Jewish LearningWorks since November 2010.  He holds a Ph.D. in Special Education from UC Berkeley and previously worked as an educational and developmental consultant in private practice working with children with autism, ADHD, and other disabilities in a variety of social and educational settings, including drama-based social skills groups.

Prior to starting a private practice and joining Jewish LearningWorks, David was a Jewish educator in the community for 7 years. He lives in Berkeley with his wife and daughters, who he likes a whole lot. He also likes ice cream.

We are grateful for the support of our funders including:

The Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, Marin, the Peninsula and Sonoma counties
The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay
The John and Marcia Goldman Foundation
Debra Schoenberg and Karen Fierer
And a committed group of families and individuals who stepped forward this fall to help us raise more than $20,000 for May 2018 family camp.