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ISBN: 978-0-8074-1367-8
SKU: U162
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Formerly URJ Press #160100

How can we make our congregational schools a home for learning for all students? How can we welcome all children, regardless of their physical, emotional, or intellectual challenges, into our classrooms and the community of their peers?

These questions can tear at the hearts of professional and lay leaders of synagogues and other educational institutions in the Jewish community, especially the many whose dedication to their work is not always matched by the financial and human resources of their programs. Building an inclusive school, however, need not be overwhelming. Rabbi Steven Rau and Stacey Levy offer a proven and accessible approach to creating a culture of inclusion in your community.

Everyone Is Welcome starts with an overview of special needs education and the history of the inclusion movement, written for experienced educators and engaged volunteers alike. Then Steven and Stacey introduce the practical principles for a strong, inclusive program. These include:

  • • Professional development for teachers working with students with special needs
    • Written documentation for teachers and learning assistants, spelling out background information, and proposed classroom strategies for each student
    • A program for identifying and training volunteer teaching assistants to provide one-on-one support for students in the school with special needs
    • An on-site learning lab that prepares students for success in the classroom, both on site and at satellite locations
    • An on-site supervisor who serves as a resource for teachers and parents

‚ÄčThe book concludes with a complete curriculum for training volunteer teaching assistants, including a workbook for use in the training and a full facilitator's guide. Your purchase of Everyone Is Welcome includes a license to copy the workbook for classroom use, and to download a PDF version at no additional charge from

Everyone Is Welcome is your guide to creating a community that is “a house of prayer for all peoples” (Isaiah 56:7) where all of our children “shall be students of Adonai” (Isaiah 54:13).


Steven H. Rau, RJE, is the director of lifelong learning at The Temple in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a rabbi and graduate of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and holds a master's degree in educational leadership. A passionate believer in inclusive education, he teaches, preaches, and models the message that synagogues should strive to be the first gateway of inclusion for all learners. Steven lives with his wife Julie in Atlanta with their five children, Aviv, Ohad, Amit, Reid, and Matthew.

Stacey Levy, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist with over 17 years of experience in her field. In addition to her full-time work running her successful practice, she is a State of Georgia “Bright from the Start” certified presenter and oversees The Temple's Yad B'Yad Inclusive Education Program. Stacey received her bachelor of science in education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1995. She earned her master of science in communication disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas, Callier Center for Communication Disorders, in 1997. She and her husband Eric live in Atlanta with their children, Ari and Jolie.

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