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Sha'arim has given us a whole new idea of what our children are capable of.

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Who we are

Sha’arim + Gateways was established in 1999 to address the unmet need of disability inclusion for 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 mild to moderate disabilities.

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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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