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Who we are

Sha’arim + Gateways was established in 1999 to address the unmet need for special education services for children and adults with disabilities in the Twin Cities Jewish community. 25 years later, our services have expanded to include Broader and Deeper Educational Support, Inclusive Social/Recreational Opportunities, Inclusive Summer Camp Support, Vocational Training for Adults with Disabilities, Direct Family Consultation, Pathfinder Workshops, and Community Trainings. Sha’arim + Gateways is your one stop shop for Disability Inclusion Resources! 

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Sha'arim + Gateways 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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Our Darkaynu in the Schools program offers students who learn best with one on one support the opportunity to enjoy a Hebrew School experience. The 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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Vocational Training

The Gateways Vocational Training Program offers adults with disability an inclusive approach to life and jobs skills training out in the community.  

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Recent News

July 8, 2024

Congratulations to our Raffle Winner!

We’re flying high!! Congratulations to our 2024 Jetset or Jackpot Raffle Winner, Mary Dries! Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets and supported our important work of disability inclusion in the Twin Cities Jewish Community! We are truly grateful to have a community like ours! 

Adult FNF: End of Year Celebration

Cheers to a wonderful end-of-year celebration! Adult Friends ‘N Fun celebrated the beginning of summer with our last event until Fall! We got in the summer spirit by enjoying some delicious ice cream. Everyone crafted tzedakah boxes, made pressed flower decorations, and played Disney Jeopardy. Wishing everyone a healthy summer,…

Gateways Project Highlight: Sha’arim Admin Tasks

Shaina, has been developing new computer skills through the administrative projects she is working on through our Gateways Vocational Training Program. She’s learning account organization and management in SalesForce Database and reporting what she does at training sites. The Gateways Vocational Training Program works with each Trainee to maximize training…

New Partnership with Upper Midwest Merkos – Lubavitch House

It’s ANOTHER NEW PARTNER! We have another new Gateways Vocational Partnership to announce: Upper Midwest Merkos – Lubavitch House! Vocational Trainee, Shaina, has been working hard creating beautiful flower arrangements for Lubavitch House. She loves making colorful bouquets every week that help Lubavitch House create a warm and inviting Shabbat…

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