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Who we are

Sha’arim was established in 1999 to address the unmet need of inclusion of children and adults with special needs in the Minneapolis Jewish community. The program has expanded both in the area of education and guided social activities to include children and young adults with moderate to severe special needs.

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Sha'arim Programs


Partner Schools

By partnering with Jewish schools, synagogues, and other community agencies, we provide services and support that focus on the unique needs and learning style of each individual.

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The Youth Darkaynu program offers students who learn best in self contained or side stream environments the opportunity to enjoy a Hebrew School experience. Our Adult Darkaynu program provides a space for our adult participants to continue their Jewish education and involvement in a fun and engaging environment.

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Friends ‘N Fun

By partnering with youth groups and young adult volunteers from the community, the Friends ‘N Fun program provides Jewish youth and adults with special needs the opportunity to be a part of inclusive and meaningful guided social experiences within our Jewish community.

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Thrift Shop

The Thrift Shop is a non-profit provider of vocational training, job placement, and meaningful employment opportunities for adults with special needs.

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