Special Education (Opening the Doors Program)


Opening the Doors, a nationally recognized program, enables 1,100 children with diverse learning differences and unique abilities to participate in a quality, meaningful and inclusive Jewish education. By convening collaborations and working in partnership with schools, educational and mental health organizations, Opening the Doors provides innovative educational and community services which educate, empower, inspire, include and create unimaginable moments for families making dreams of a Jewish education come true, they may not have thought possible.

OTD is immeasurably vital to the students with special needs, their families, schools, its leaders and the Jewish community.

“No matter what our personal challenges are, we all need to learn. I feel that everyone should have the same opportunity to learn and develop their own spiritual belief as I did, starting as early as possible.” — Max Granitz, college student

Together, Opening the Doors increases inclusion and engagement by providing meaningful and rewarding Jewish education for all learners.

Together we build community by empowering teachers, teens and families.

Together we convene collaborations by working together to providing relevant and supportive services and resources.

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Upcoming Events

May
1

“Wine-ing” About Cheese

NEXTGen Detroit Women’s Leadership Presents: “Wine-ing” About Cheese Why is cottage cheese, a staple in the Israeli diet, so expensive? And why is the price causing such a commotion? Amira Soleiman, expert in Israeli current affairs and history, will fill us in on the implications of this problem and how it is affecting Israeli society. […]

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May
6

NEXTGen Detroit! Interfaith Couples Havdalah

May 6th | 8:00 – 10:00 pm The Stand 34977 Woodward Ave Birmingham, MI 48009 NEXTGen Detroit’s Interfaith Couples are coming together to celebrate Havdalah, a ceremony marking the end of Shabbat. As we say goodbye to last week and enter into the new one, we invite you to join us for a meaningful experience […]

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May
7

Inside Jewish Europe: Stories of Millennials from Berlin to Bulgaria

Sunday, May 7 | Doors 6:00 pm | Program 6:30 pm From Berlin to Bulgaria, young Jewish adults in the European Diaspora are tackling issues of Jewish identity and stepping up to ensure the future of their communities. Sound familiar? Though we’re oceans apart, the next generation of Jews in Detroit and Europe are a […]

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May
8

Hope Against Hate

Register 3 Amazing Events: Join us for Any – or All. 1. Fight or Flight: A Conference on the Modern Jewish Community 12pm to 5pm $36 Conference fee * Includes admission to the screening of “Denial” following the conference, and evening presentation by Deborah E. Lipstadt. Learn More / Breakout Sessions Hosted by the American […]

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