Rank & File: Tower of David Museum Opens Doors to Special Needs Kids

Olivier Fitoussi

FOR ALL KIDS: The Tower of David Museum, with the help of the Royal Academy of Arts and the National Gallery in London, is initiating a program to open its doors on Tuesday to families with children who have special educational and additional needs, the museum’s Caroline Shapiro told Haaretz. “This program is the first of its kind in Israel,” she said. “The bottom line is the idea that you can take part in cultural activities that will work for the whole family,” Beth Steinberg, founder and executive director of Shutaf Inclusion Programs, told Haaretz. “The fact they’re doing this is huge and wonderful. Hopefully other museums will look and say we can do this, too.” She added such programs work against isolation and loneliness among special needs children. For more info, call *2884.

COPING WITH CANCER: Jeremy’s Circle, a group of volunteers bringing fun and support to kids coping with cancer in their families or cancer loss, is holding a Shushan Purim family fun-day at Kiftzubah next Friday. The activities are free to Jeremy’s Circle families. “This is going to be our biggest event yet, about 175 kids and 75 adults, including volunteers,” former New Yorker Susan Wilner of Jeremy’s Circle told Haaretz. She said that along the myriad of games available, Jeremy’s Circle will offer face painting for the young ones and an MMA instructor, who will give the older children a lesson in self-defense. Pamela Becker co-founded the charity in 2008 in memory of her husband, Jeremy Coleman, with his sisters Juliette and Naomi Coleman. For more info, call Yitz Feigenbaum at 052-3237707.

OPEN HOUSE: Bar-Ilan University is holding its first-ever open house for English-speakers on Monday. “The idea is to put together in one room all of the different programs that exist,” Bar-Ilan’s Shlomit Stern told Haaretz. These all-English programs include ones offering B.A’.s, M.A.’s and M.B.A.’s as well as Jewish studies, one-year and summer program options. She noted there will also be information on Hebrew programs to allow English-speakers to see how their level matches up, pointing out that science programs require less knowledge of Hebrew. There will also be a campus tour as well as brief lectures by numerous professors including Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig, Dr. Don Katcoff, Dr. David Leitner, Dr. Marcela Shulak and Prof. Aryeh Weiss. For more info, call 03-738-4245.
Rank and File was compiled
by Steven Klein.

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