What It’s All About

The Hebrew word SULAM means “ladder”. Just as a ladder enables a person to reach heights that he or she could not reach alone, the SULAM-LI program enables school-age Jewish children with special needs to reach new heights in their Jewish education.

Meeting every Sunday morning from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon, SULAM-LI staff employ a wide range of techniques to impart the beauty of our Jewish heritage to special needs students.

With an emphasis on multi-sensory and experiential learning, the SULAM-LI program incorporates art, cooking and story telling to adapt the classic congregational school curriculum to the needs of our students.  A special music and movement program involves participants in joyful expression of Jewish song and prayer.  Chanukah and Purim parties, a Model Seder, and a Shabbat celebration round out the educational experience.

A Jewish Education for Children with Special Needs

  • SULAM-LI offers your child an opportunity to connect to our Jewish tradition in an appropriate learning environment which is designed to meet your child’s unique learning style.
  • SULAM-LI offers classes on Sunday mornings from 10:00 am until noon.
  • SULAM-LI has small class sizes.
  • SULAM-LI has highly trained special educators.
  • SULAM-LI has a specialized multi-sensory curriculum.
  • SULAM-LI is open to children of all Jewish backgrounds.

SULAM-LI currently meets at The Barry & Florence Friedberg JCC of Oceanside NY.  The JCC is located at 15 Neil Court, Oceanside, NY 11572

SULAM-LI is a collaboration of the following synagogues: Congregation B’Nai Sholom-Beth David, Congregation Sons of Israel, Hewlett-East Rockaway Jewish Centre, Temple Am Echad-the South Shore Reform Congregation, Temple Beth El of Cedarhurst, Temple Hillel and Temple Israel of Lawrence in cooperation with the Jewish Education Project of New York, FEGS and the NCJW-Peninsula Section. The initial funding for SULAM-LI was provided by the Caring Commission of UJA Federation of New York.

SULAM-LI is a section 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and does not require synagogue affiliation.