The Miracle Project Judaica on Slingshot Guide

THE MIRACLE PROJECT JUDAICA NAMED ONE OF NORTH AMERICA’S JEWISH ORGANIZATIONS BEST FOSTERING INCLUSION

Slingshot Guide Highlights the Best of the Thriving Jewish Nonprofit World Los Angeles, California. The Miracle Project Judaica, has been named one of 18 leading Jewish organizations committed to fostering inclusion of people with disabilities in one of two new supplements to the Slingshot Guide. The supplements are each focused on a specific issue area and were released today alongside the ninth annual Slingshot Guide, Slingshot 2013-14. This supplement, along with one focused on groups positively impacting the lives of women and girls, will help further expand the ability of the selected organizations to carry out their missions, as well as expand the resources available to volunteers, activists and donors looking for new opportunities and projects that, through their innovative nature, will ensure the Jewish community remains relevant and thriving.

Selected from among hundreds of finalists reviewed by 83 professionals with expertise in grant-making and Jewish communal life, the Guide called The Miracle Project Judaica “an exciting and innovative program that encourages individuals with disabilities to explore Judaism through creative venues.” Organizations included in this year’s disability and inclusion supplement were evaluated on their innovative approach, the impact they have in their work, the leadership they have in their sector, and their effectiveness at achieving results.

“The Miracle Project Judaica” is proud to be among the 18 organizations included in this brand new supplement for meeting those standards,” said Elaine Hall Founder of The Miracle Project Judaica. “The organizations included in Slingshot’s disability and inclusion supplement are helping to break down barriers and build opportunity for engagement for those with special needs – both within and beyond the Jewish community – as never before. The Miracle Project Judaica is thankful that Slingshot has chosen to highlight disability and inclusion as it expands the scope of its Guide, and we are honored to be among the many innovative organizations that have benefited from the Slingshot Guide over the last nine years.

The supplement was supported through a generous partnership with the Ruderman Family Foundation.

Added Will Schneider, Executive Director of Slingshot, which publishes the Guide each year, “The introduction of the disability and inclusion supplement is an important milestone in the work of Slingshot. All too often, the discussions about disability and inclusion take place quietly only among impacted families and those who advocate on their behalf. We hope this Guide will inspire those who are already part of the discussion, while also bringing new voices into it. It only makes sense to give these organizations the recognition they deserve and in doing so, also boost their presence among volunteers, donor and activists. The Guide is the framework for a community that through the collaboration that results from inclusion in the Guide, becomes something significantly more effective than what each of the individual organizations can achieve on their own.”

Being listed in the Guide is often a critical step for selected organizations to attain much needed additional funding and to expand the reach of their work. Selected organizations are eligible for grants from the Slingshot Fund, a peer-giving network of young donors with an eye for identifying, highlighting and advancing causes that resonate the most with the next generation of philanthropists. Furthermore, the Guide is a frequently used resource for donors seeking to support organizations transforming the world in novel and interesting ways.

About the Slingshot Guide

The Slingshot Guide, now in its ninth year, was created by a team of young funders as a guidebook to help funders of all ages diversify their giving portfolios to include the most innovative and effective organizations, programs and projects in North America. The Guide contains information about each organization’s origin, mission, strategy, impact and budget, as well as details about its unique character. The Slingshot Guide has proven to be a catalyst for next generation funding and offers a telling snapshot of shifting trends in North America’s Jewish community – and how nonprofits are meeting new needs and reaching new audiences. The book, published annually, is available in hard copy and as a free download at www.slingshotfund.org.

About The Miracle Project Judaica

The Miracle Project Judaica is a multi-sensory, fully inclusive Jewish musical theater and film program for children, teens, and young adults of all abilities including autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, learning differences and more. Through shared experiences with typically developing siblings and peers, individuals with disabilities learn social skills, gain confidence and experience joy! Families, once marginalized and feeling isolated, now become part of a dynamic, supportive Jewish Community.

The Miracle Project Judaica is founded by Elaine Hall, Jewish arts educator and internationally recognized inclusion expert. When traditional therapies did not work for her son, Neal, diagnosed with autism at age three, Hall sought creative people to join his world thereby helping him to emerge into our world. Elaine developed these techniques to create The Miracle Project Judaica so that all families could benefit from an accepting, inclusive, supportive community.

The secular program, The Miracle Project, was featured in the two time Emmy Award winning documentary, AUTISM: The Musical. Hall’s memoir, Now I See the Moon, was chosen by The United Nations for World Autism Awareness Day 2011. In it, she chronicles her journey into autism, the creation of The Miracle Project, and the development of a multi-sensory individualized award winning Bar and Bat Mitzvah Program, Nes Gadol. The Miracle Project

Judaica has offices in Los Angeles and New York City and offers trainings to Synagogues throughout North America on how to include individuals of all abilities. The Miracle Project Judaica is a program of Project Miracles, a 501 (c) 3 corporation.

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