David had become highly motivated to learn and has developed a love for his bar mitzvah. While lying in bed, David still sings along to the [bar mitzvah] songs he knows. All this from a boy who has very limited speech! It was hard not to sense the hand of God resting on David’s shoulder as he made impressive progress. Needless to say, the actual bar mitzvah day was an amazing achievement for David and an incredibly moving experience for all who attended. Beyond the bar mitzvah component, the Kulanu Program is built with a sense of urgency in its structure and richness. The design of the program takes into consideration the littlest of details in an effort to maximize learning during the students’ every minute of religious school time. As a result, the students stay active and engaged in meaningful learning from the moment they arrive in the classroom. It is with this same sense of urgency that I believe the larger Jewish community should embrace and support Kulanu so this proven program can reach all of those in need and be a blessing to all.
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