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

Oct
20

Good Shabbos Detroit: JFamily Edition

JFamily and NEXTGen Detroit are getting together at Temple Kol Ami for a Shabbat B’Yachad*! Join us for a family-friendly night with pizza, puppets and prayers (lasagna for the ‘rents with gluten free and dairy free options for all). We can’t wait to see you there for one of the first Shabbats of 5778! *A […]

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Oct
25

NEXTGen Detroit Presents: Shake. Stir. Shmooze.

October 25, 2017 | 7:30 PM Detroit City Distillery 2462 Riopelle Historic Eastern Market Detroit, MI 48207 $25 in advance when you register online before October 23rd at NOON $36 at the door Take happy hour into your own hands, and learn how to make some of your favorite classic adult beverages (you know, Moscow […]

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Nov
5

NEXTGen Detroit Volunteer at Fall Fix Up

Join NEXTGen Detroit Volunteers, Repair the World: Detroit and Hillel Metro Detroit at one of the area’s oldest Jewish cemeteries for Jewish Family Services’s 21st Annual Fall Fix Up! We will be cleaning the historic B’nai David Memorial Park Cemetery in Detroit. Sunday, November 5, 2017 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm B’nai David Cemetery […]

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Nov
9

Bake Sales are My B*tch

Win the Food Allergy Wars with 60+ Recipes to Keep Kids Safe and Parents Sane! April Peveteaux Thursday, November 9 | 7 p.m. Remember when you could just serve kids a peanut butter sandwich and call it a day? Today, that’s known as a recipe for disaster. Peanut allergies. Dairy allergies. Soy allergies. Wheat allergies. […]

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