Newsletter – Gesher implements summer camp inclusion trainings

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Gesher Disability Resources’
Sponsor Spotlight Series

 Thank you to…

Founded in 1972 as an endowment fund, today the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenixserves as the region’s center for long term Jewish philanthropy. The Foundation added the B’nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program to mentor the next generation, so they can be responsible donors and future philanthropists.

Gesher has also been awarded funding from B’nai Tzedek in order to start a social group for young adults with disabilities, offer an education session to the community about caring for individuals with disabilities, and more.

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The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix and
other Sponsor Spotlight Series on Facebook and on our website.


Gesher’s Student Support Specialist, Deborah Weiner, leading role play exercises with Camp Shemesh counselors.

Gesher Disability Resources (formerly Council For Jews With Special Needs) offers services that are at no cost to your camp.  Made possible in part by a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation, our camp support specialists have been working at camps across the Valley for the past seven years.

Our goals include assisting Jewish camps to become inclusive and meet the needs of more campers.  We offer staff training as a whole group, small group or one-on-one.  According to the American Camp Association, one of the core competencies for camps is to create an environment that builds capacity within the camp community to understand, accept, value, and honor the unique contributions of all people. This year Gesher support specialists conducted trainings on problem solving and bullying prevention through role play. The camp staff worked in small groups to create skits to demonstrate skills learned. 

Also, this summer we have implemented a “Mench Moment” program where Gesher support specialists teach social skills to campers through specific character traits like  kindness, empathy and Kavod (respect).

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Announcements – Events

Our Community Event Calendar is out for July-December!  Visit to discover what events are happening each month.

Simchat Shabbat 2018 – Always Free – All are Welcome!
August 18
Services are on Saturday starting at Noon and taking place at Temple Emanuel of Tempe –Kiddush lunch to follow; Please contact Jacquelyn at to RSVP or with any questions.

Pool Party RAIN OR SHINE – Sunday, July 15 from 9:30AM-11:00AM at the Valley of the Sun JCC – start with your friends at Gesher and stay for a Sunday JCation StayCation

“Special Celebration to Welcome in the New Year”  – Sunday, August 12, from 1:00PM-2:30PM – Led by Rabbi Nate Crane and taking place at Congregation Or Tzion.

Jewish Community Day with the D-Backs – Sunday August 26 at 1:10PM at Chase Field – Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Seattle Mariners (community grant covers cost of tickets).  Please RSVP to to reserve your tickets with Gesher and get a specially designed D-Backs T-shirt written in Hebrew. 

Fundraising Moments

The high holidays will be here before we know it and that means it’s time for one of our most popular fundraisers – “Honey From the Heart”This is when you can send an 8 oz. jar of Kosher clover honey to your friends and family to wish them a sweet new year.  Free shipping ended July 11, but you can still send for $12/jar + shipping ($5.00 shipping to US Destinations and APO/FPO military addresses, $18.00 shipping to Canada, and $28.00 shipping to other countries).

Too much honey in the pantry?  Consider sending one of our new holiday Tribute Cards with artwork by our members (pictured below). Everything will arrive in time for Rosh Hashanah.  Hopefully, you received our mailing with more information. If you have any questions,,  or contact for more details.


Gesher Disability Resources is a Qualifying Charitable Organization with the State of Arizona Tax Credit Program. Please consider donating up to $800 per couple filing jointly or $400 per individual and receive a dollar-for-dollar CREDIT on your Arizona State Taxes.

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L’ Shalom,

Gesher Disability Resources
formerly Council For Jews With Special Needs
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