Info for Parents

Welcome to Shutaf! We enjoy getting to know your child, teen or young adults, as well as your family. All new participants benefit from a home visit with Shutaf’s Director of Programs, Marci Tirshwell or one of her staff, in order to understand your child’s needs in a holistic and inclusive manner. Program scholarship based on need is available for all our programs. Click here to read more about our programs. For more information: marci@campshutaf.org

Register for Shutaf programs 

Want to register your child? Get in touch with us at info@campshutaf.org. We’ll arrange a home visit and show you how easy it is to use our online google forms. Please note: Every participant must have a current medical form in order to attend Shutaf programs. 

Participants served 

Shutaf’s unique, reverse-inclusion model brings children, teens, and young adults with diverse needs at all of our programs. At Shutaf, our attitude is, what do you need to be successful rather than, what’s your diagnosis and label? 

A partial listing of types of diagnoses and participant needs served  Please be in touch with us about your child or teen, and their needs. 

  • ADD, ADHD
  • Autism spectrum disorder, including Asperger’s, PDD, and high-functioning autism 
  • Down syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy 
  • Physical disabilities
  • Learning disabilities, dyslexia, and  
  • Emotional, behavioral, and sensory challenges, impulsivity
  • ODD 
  • Hearing loss
  • Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Mental health issues and challenges

Shutaf’s professional approach toward participant intake, program planning, staff training and support, as well as ongoing data collection and evaluation, ensure a successful experience for every participant, and continued program excellence.

Find out more about Shutaf programs for your child, teen or young adult info@campshutaf.org

What parents and staff are saying about Shutaf

Parents and families love Shutaf’s inclusive attitude and quality programs. Shutaf is also proud to train close to 100 post-army counselor staff each year, as well as offer them a powerful, inclusive work experience. 

Thank you so much, Beth and Miriam, for last week's workshop. This week, one of the students said his thinking was really influenced by your workshop and he will be looking for work with these type of clients.

Goldie Marans, School of Social Work, Hebrew University

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2019-07-11T17:19:33+03:00

Goldie Marans, School of Social Work, Hebrew University

Thank you for teaching my kids -- without them knowing -- that all kids are basically the same and completely different at the same time, and that that's okay.
Thank you for teaching my kids -- without them knowing -- that all kids are basically the same and completely different at the same time, and that that's okay.

Emma Sass, Mother - Summer Camp 2018

Shutaf
2019-07-11T18:14:56+03:00

Emma Sass, Mother - Summer Camp 2018

Thank you for teaching my kids -- without them knowing -- that all kids are basically the same and completely different at the same time, and that that's okay.
The students really enjoyed the workshop! They said it was eye-opening and very important.

Shiri Shkedi-Rafid, PhD, Center for Clinical Genetics, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center

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2020-02-18T13:26:09+02:00

Shiri Shkedi-Rafid, PhD, Center for Clinical Genetics, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center

The students really enjoyed the workshop! They said it was eye-opening and very important.
Beth was fantastic! I thought the balance of activities, discussion, text, and short personal stories was spot-on and quite effective.

Morris Panitz, Teen Bet Midrash Director, IKAR, LA.

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2020-02-18T13:26:41+02:00

Morris Panitz, Teen Bet Midrash Director, IKAR, LA.

Beth was fantastic! I thought the balance of activities, discussion, text, and short personal stories was spot-on and quite effective.
Having Beth Steinberg teach was a highlight for our community and certainly helped to raise awareness about disabilities, accessibility as well as the uniqueness of every human being. She brought her inspirational work into a Jewish lens that was relatable and powerful.

Rabbi Amy Roth, Director of Congregational Schools, Temple Israel of Great Neck

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2020-02-18T13:27:12+02:00

Rabbi Amy Roth, Director of Congregational Schools, Temple Israel of Great Neck

Rabbi Amy Roth, Director of Congregational Schools, Temple Israel of Great Neck
Assaf is so happy! I don't know what August would be like without Shutaf, and I’m not sure how we would have gotten through the summer.

Aliza Gitai, Assaf's mother

Shutaf
2020-02-18T13:31:11+02:00

Aliza Gitai, Assaf's mother

Aliza Gitai, Assaf's mother
Shutaf is that place that no matter what you are or who you are, you belong, you have a place.

Nati Greenspan, Shutaf camper

Shutaf
2020-02-18T13:31:47+02:00

Nati Greenspan, Shutaf camper

Nati Greenspan, Shutaf camper
At camp, I learned that giving children labels that define them (even when they come from an innocent place) can be harmful to them and affect their future.

Tamari, Shutaf counselor

Shutaf
2020-02-18T13:32:58+02:00

Tamari, Shutaf counselor

At camp, I learned that giving children labels that define them (even when they come from an innocent place) can be harmful to them and affect their future.
I’ve learned how to respond from a place that is emotionally stable. I learned how to be more patient and to see the needs of the child in front of me first

Miriam, Shutaf counselor

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2020-05-19T12:09:37+03:00

Miriam, Shutaf counselor

I’ve learned how to respond from a place that is emotionally stable. I learned how to be more patient and to see the needs of the child in front of me first

"בקייטנה למדתי שלתת לילד תווית שמגדירה אותו (גם אם זה מגיע ממקום תמים וטוב), יכול להזיק להו ולהשפיע על עתידו."

תמרי, מדריכה בקייטנת שותף

Shutaf
2020-05-19T12:13:42+03:00

תמרי, מדריכה בקייטנת שותף

"בקייטנה למדתי שלתת לילד תווית שמגדירה אותו (גם אם זה מגיע ממקום תמים וטוב), יכול להזיק להו ולהשפיע על עתידו."
Every child requires a different approach, but there is always a way to reach every child and to let them open up to you.

Lidor, Shutaf counselor

Shutaf
2020-05-19T12:19:45+03:00

Lidor, Shutaf counselor

Every child requires a different approach, but there is always a way to reach every child and to let them open up to you. 
Shutaf has given me a greater appreciation and understanding of what inclusion really means and how much it can impact everyone. 

Jenny Kaufman, Intern

Shutaf
2020-05-19T12:26:08+03:00

Jenny Kaufman, Intern

Shutaf has given me a greater appreciation and understanding of what inclusion really means and how much it can impact everyone. 
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