The Matan Institute

The Matan Institute is Matan’s flagship training program for Jewish professionals. An ongoing initiative, it builds upon Matan’s vision to change the landscape of Jewish education and its communal approach to children with special needs.

Since March 2012, Matan has worked with two cohorts of Congregational School Education Directors and two cohorts of Congregational School Teachers. Participants have come from the New York tri-state area, as well as Florida, Colorado, New Hampshire, California, Texas and Pennsylvania, among other states.

The Matan Institute for Education Directors accepts a maximum of 25 Education Directors who commit to a two-day program at the beginning, one day in the middle, and another two days at the end. In between they participate in three webinars that provide additional training, as well as work with an assigned Matan Mentor for ongoing support on a specific inclusion goal.

Presentation topics to date have included:

  • Learning Styles and Differentiated Instruction
  • Inclusion in a Jewish Context and the Benefits of Inclusion
  • Communicating with Families and Family-Centered Care
  • Positive Behavior Supports and Task Analysis
  • Bullying
  • Executive Functioning
  • Change Management Theory

The Matan Institute participants receive guides for including children with special needs in Jewish education, concrete teaching tools for reaching all students and a new network of like-minded Jewish professionals (fellow participants) with whom to engage on an ongoing basis. This is a one of a kind opportunity in the Jewish community.

To learn more, contact Rebecca Wanatick at

Apply Now to be Part of the Matan Institute of Greater MetroWest!

Who: Congregational and Day School Education Directors and Educators*
When: September 18-19, 2016, January 23, 2017 and April 30 - May1, 2017 (8:30-3:30)
Where: Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, Whippany, NJ

These days — and the months in between — will be filled with opportunities to make your school even more inclusive, in a manner that works for your individual community.  

Our time together will include interactive sessions on differentiated instruction, positive behavioral supports, first-person experiences, concrete "ready-to-implement" ideas, resources and so much more. 


*Just as inclusion does not happen overnight, it also does not happen on the shoulders of just one individual. We highly encourage you to participate in The Matan Institute together with a member of your educational team — a youth director, special educator or lead teacher. 

Click here to get started on the application.
Cost: FREE for ABLE-Awarded organizations and $150 for all others (one application per institution).

Questions? Contact Rebecca Wanatick at  

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What have past participants said about The Matan Institute?

— "Loved the conference and the organization and content. I think it set a good foundation for our work. I came home and have been talking about your efforts to everyone who will listen — greatly inspired."

— "I left with a big lightbulb that went on in my head. We were headed in the right direction but just couldn't figure out the big picture until I sat through all the presenters."

— "After attending many conferences, I must say that this was two days of true meaningful, powerful learning."