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special needs program

Since Bright Horizon’s founding in 1994, Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El has held fast to several core Jewish values which have guided the decision to serve this very special Bright Horizon’s community of young children. No matter your religious affiliation, your special needs child has a place at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El. The two core Jewish values which we practice daily are:

ADAM YAHAD  A single Human Being 
The rabbinic concept that one human being was created originally so that no one can say, “my father was greater than your father.” In other words, every human being is unique and inherently precious.

HESED V'RAHAMIN Compassion and Kindness
Especially for those who are disadvantaged or vulnerable.

Our special needs programs require an in-take interview for parents and students.
Please contact the school office at 610-649-2277 to make an appointment.

We believe you will agree with us at Temple Beth Hill-Beth El that our special needs programs are a blessing to your child to your family and to the community at large.


For children ages 3-5 years of age by September 1
With prior approval of staff and Director​​​. 5 days a week, 8:15 am -12:00 pm, or 8:15 am-3:15 pm

The Bright Horizons program is a unique learning environment for preschool children with delays in the acquisition of one or more areas of language, attention, motor skills and/or cognitive skills.  Begun in the fall of 1994, the program exemplifies Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El’s commitment to an essential principle of Judaism, Kol Yisrael Averim Zeh Lazeh, all Jews are responsible for one another (Pirke Avot). This principle, in addition to Judaism’s emphasis on education, led us at Beth Hillel-Beth El to believe that all the children of our community, regardless of their abilities, deserve a high-quality Jewish education.

The Bright Horizons program works in unison with our 3-year-old and Pre-K classroom teachers to provide what is often much needed small group support in the areas of individualized instruction and social emotional regulation. The Bright Horizons curriculum and philosophy are modeled after that of the general preschool, including its philosophy of the Whole Child Theory of Development. With flexibility, a foremost priority, daily activities, and experiences are designed and modified to meet the specific goals and needs of the children.

In addition, the Bright Horizons program provides the opportunity, when appropriate, for inclusion in other areas of our typical preschool program. This includes participation in music, special school programs and events, playground and gym time, Shabbat, and holiday celebrations.

From time to time, it may be appropriate for professionals other than those employed by Beth Hillel to observe and work with any of our children in the school. We follow each child’s IEP, when applicable. and all professionals responsible for its administration. For additional information regarding non-Beth Hillel professionals, please consult with your child’s teacher or the school director.

For Religious School students in grades K-2nd
Please contact our Religious School director, Lisa Richman to sign up or for more information.

Click here to view our Sylvia F. Lodish Religious School page 

Sun, April 14 2024 6 Nisan 5784