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

Sep
26

Turn the Tables on Structural Vulnerability: A Sukkah X Event

Wednesday, September 26th | 7-9 PM Detroit’s Capitol Park Shelby and State St, 48226 In a city and society marred by systemic housing injustice, what does it mean for us as Jews to celebrate our harvest festival by building and dwelling in intentionally vulnerable and temporary structures as spiritual practice? Hosted at the site of […]

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Oct
3

“Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be”: An Evening with New York Times best-selling author and columnist Frank Bruni

Join us as we welcome Frank Bruni to Detroit for an important conversation about the unnecessary mental anguish students often endure when they measure themselves by the colleges that accept them. Mr. Bruni will share what his research has revealed: that a student’s worth and future success is not determined by the university he or […]

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Oct
9

Jewish Working Women’s Network: Pure Networking

Join the Jewish Working Women’s Network for Pure Networking as we are trying something new! Pure Networking in the AM… October 9 | 7:30 – 9 AM Great Lakes Coffee at the Maple | Coffee is on us!  Questions? Contact Marianne Bloomberg at 248 642 4611 or Bloomberg@jfmd.org

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Oct
25

Jewish Genealogy – Moving Forward

Thursday, October 25, 2018 | 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Max M. Fisher Federation Building 6735 Telegraph Rd. Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301 If you have taken our Introduction to Jewish Genealogy seminar or have the basics down but you’re not sure what to do next, the Moving Forward session is for you. The Leonard N. […]

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