A Day to Explore

When I got to Camp Shutaf, I was told I had the option of joining a group of young campers or going on a scavenger hunt with the teen camper. I was a little hesitant to leave the camp location but thought a day out exploring would be fun. I’m very glad I made the…

Shutaf: The Best Place To Be

In one room, four pre-teen girls closely followed the complicated sequence of Zumba steps their teacher, Lisa, was doing in time to the music.  In an adjacent room, a small group of children, aged 6-13, sat in a circle petting a variety of animals brought in by Aryeh, a staffer from Jerusalem’s Nature Museum who…

Committed to Inclusion

Camp Shutaf, an informal education program, fills a niche for children with special needs. Beth Steinberg moved to Jerusalem from Brooklyn with her husband and three sons in 2006. She knew she’d have to fight an uphill battle for her youngest, Akiva, who was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth. Education for children with special…

Where’s the money for people with disabilities?

The original Op-ed appeared on March 27th, 2013 at 18:33  in the “Israel Opinion” section of Ynetnews.com. By Beth Steinberg, Miriam Avraham. JTA editor’s pick on March 29th. Translated into Hebrew on Haaretz. Ministers must show they believe in the right of people with disabilities to excellent services, dignified lives Listen up, Bibi, Yair, Shai, and Naftali.…

Embracing Independence

I almost can’t believe it. Adina is taking the Jerusalem city bus home from school. For a 16-year-old girl with Down syndrome, this is a HUGE step and can only happen if she has been properly prepared and taught how. That’s where Shutaf comes in. Adina has been part of the Shutaf Teen Explorers’ program…

Seemingly Small Steps

My daughter Adina hasn’t missed a Shutaf camp session yet – she’s been to all 13 of them since our first summer camp in August 2007. She was my reason for creating Shutaf with Beth Steinberg and embarking on this incredible journey together with our staff and all the children who have enjoyed many hours…