Jackie Berman- JDAIM Week Two

In recognition of Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), we are honored to hear the voices of individuals who have a disability or have a connection to this community.

A Note From Jackie:

My interest in working with individuals with challenges and disabilities first emerged as a parent, with my youngest son, born prematurely. Together, we were in early intervention, then developmental kindergarten. Throughout his education, I was impressed with the dedication, concern and services becoming available to enhance education and life skills.

Given this experience, I decided to make a career change, and pursued my new calling to become a special education teacher. I have taught students from primary grades up to high school in public, private, therapeutic and charter schools. My greatest goal was always to increase self-esteem within my students with diverse challenges and obstacles.

Beginning with an undergraduate internship, I have been involved with the Family Resource Center on Disabilities for 25 years, and am currently the President of the Board of Directors. As a Beth Emet member for 11 years, I was invited to become involved in the inclusion committee, assisting Beth Emet to create a more diverse and inclusive environment. At this time, I am also involved with the Belonging Umbrella subcommittee. Beth Emet means a lot to me, and my involvement is one way for me to assist the BE community to become a more diverse inclusive community. I am so honored to be part of this special community.

Beth Emet has so many amazing members, each offering unique talents to the greater community. Share your news with all of us so we can both celebrate and get to know one another a bit better…. Especially during these (mostly) virtual times. Send your news to Bekki Kaplan, and if possible, please include a photo!