The Jewish Federation would like to extend a mazel tov to our partners in Israel, Shutaf, who have made Jerusalem a more inclusive and accepting place by providing programs for children and teens with special needs. Co-founder Beth Steinberg received the 2017 Bonei Zion prize from Nefesh B'Nefesh in the Non-Profit and Community category, at the Knesset, for her work with co-founder Miriam Avraham on Shutaf and her work on Theater in the Rough in Israel.
Beth and Miriam have dedicated themselves to raising awareness about inclusion while providing innovative and inclusive, informal education programs. Shutaf summer camp started with just 10 campers in August 2007. This summer, 135 campers, with and without disabilities, will enjoy 3-fabulous weeks. In just 10 years, close to 2,000 unique participants spaces have been filled and enjoyed - at Shutaf year-round camps and evening programs - by children, teens, and young adults, with and without disabilities.
Congrats again on 10 years of innovative, inclusion programs in Israel!