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L-R: Vice President of Shema Kolainu Peter Rebenwurzel, Carolyn Gehl Fefferman, Esq., Founder and President of Shema Kolainu Dr. Joshua Weinstein, State Senator Daniel Squadron, CEO of Lubicom Menachem Lubinsky MC, Board Member of Shema Kolainu Milton Weinstock
L-R: Vice President of Shema Kolainu Peter Rebenwurzel, Carolyn Gehl Fefferman, Esq., Founder and President of Shema Kolainu Dr. Joshua Weinstein, State Senator Daniel Squadron, CEO of Lubicom Menachem Lubinsky MC, Board Member of Shema Kolainu Milton Weinstock

L-R: CEO of The Friedlander Group Ezra Friedlander, Vice President of Shema Kolainu Peter Rebenwurzel, News Anchor, WABC-TV's Eyewitness News at 5:00 Diana Williams, Founder and President of Shema Kolainu Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Board Member of Shema Kolainu Milton Weinstock
L-R: CEO of The Friedlander Group Ezra Friedlander, Vice President of Shema Kolainu Peter Rebenwurzel, News Anchor, WABC-TV's Eyewitness News at 5:00 Diana Williams, Founder and President of Shema Kolainu Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Board Member of Shema Kolainu Milton Weinstock

L-R: CEO of The Friedlander Group Ezra Friedlander, NYPD's 66th Precinct's Commanding Officer Michael Deddo, NYPD Sergeant Richard Taylor, Vice President of Shema Kolainu Peter Rebenwurzel, Founder and President of Shema Kolainu Dr. Joshua Weinstein, NYPD Chief of Community Affairs Chief Thomas M. Chan, CEO of Lubicom Menachem Lubinsky, Board Member of Shema Kolainu Milton Weinstock
L-R: CEO of The Friedlander Group Ezra Friedlander, NYPD's 66th Precinct's Commanding Officer Michael Deddo, NYPD Sergeant Richard Taylor, Vice President of Shema Kolainu Peter Rebenwurzel, Founder and President of Shema Kolainu Dr. Joshua Weinstein, NYPD Chief of Community Affairs Chief Thomas M. Chan, CEO of Lubicom Menachem Lubinsky, Board Member of Shema Kolainu Milton Weinstock

L-R: NY Assemblyman David Weprin, Councilman Matthew Eugene, Councilmember Inez Dickens, Councilmember Letitia James, CEO of The Friedlander Group Ezra Friedlander, Vice President of Shema Kolainu Peter Rebenwurzel, Founder and President of Shema Kolainu Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Chief of Staff New York City Council Charles Meara, City Council Finance Director Preston Niblack, CEO of Lubicom Menachem Lubinsky MC, Board Member of Shema Kolainu Milton Weinstock, NYC Councilmember David Greenfield
L-R: NY Assemblyman David Weprin, Councilman Matthew Eugene, Councilmember Inez Dickens, Councilmember Letitia James, CEO of The Friedlander Group Ezra Friedlander, Vice President of Shema Kolainu Peter Rebenwurzel, Founder and President of Shema Kolainu Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Chief of Staff New York City Council Charles Meara, City Council Finance Director Preston Niblack, CEO of Lubicom Menachem Lubinsky MC, Board Member of Shema Kolainu Milton Weinstock, NYC Councilmember David Greenfield

Voices Heard at Shema Kolainu's 11th Annual Legislative Breakfast

The 11th Annual Legislative Breakfast hosted by Shema Kolainu- Hear Our Voices, school and center for children with autism servicing all boroughs of New York, was held Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at the Renaissance Ballroom in Brooklyn, New York. This year, the breakfast honored members of the City Council as well as State Legislature, for their outstanding work in the autism community. The Friedlander Group, a government public-relations firm, coordinated the breakfast, with Masters of Ceremony Menachem Lubinsky and Kalman Yeger.

Autism, as many are aware, is on the rise and awareness, advocacy, and support is crucial. The honorees of the breakfast have gone above and beyond to assist in this mission. Among the attendees were community leaders, civic and religious leaders, philanthropists, and elected officials.

This year's honorees included: Preston Niblack, City Council Finance Director who received the City Legislative Leadership Award for his leadership in the non-profit community, newly appointed Chief of Community affairs for the NYPD, Chief Thomas M. Chan, who received the Community Appreciation Award for his service to the communities of New York City, Brad Gerstman Esq., Co-Founder of Gotham Government Relations & Communications, who visited Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices prior to the breakfast, and was awarded the Autism Awareness Appreciation Award, and Pesha Elias Bikur Cholim D'Bobov who received the Hakaras Hatov Award under the leadership of Rabbi Yitzchok Fleischer and Rabbi Benzion Spielman, who have helped thousands of patients in hospitals, directing financial assistance to underwrite medical procedures for the uninsured and providing medical equipment at no cost.

Assemblyman David Weprin presented the National Autism Advocacy Award to Patti S. Lubin, Senior Advisor and Senior Counsel- Office of Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand. Ms. Lubin works directly with Senator Gillibrand fighting for quality affordable care for children and families living with autism spectrum disorder. Senator Gillibrand has co-sponsored the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act, which would provide funding for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and reauthorize the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee to coordinate all efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services concerning autism. State Senator Daniel Squadron presented the National Autism Advocacy Award to Carolyn Gehl Fefferman, Esq., Senior Advisor- Office of Senator Robert Menendez. Their office continuously fights for the passing of laws to provide assistance to the autism community.

Diana Williams, News Anchor WABC-TV's Eyewitness News at 5:00, received an award and delivered a greeting to those active in the autism community. Ms. Williams is a long time friend of Shema Kolainu, having previously visiting the school. Shema Kolainu- Hear Our Voices also expresses deep appreciation to New York City Council Members David Greenfield, Brad Lander, Melisa Mark-Viverito, and Mark Weprin.

Dr. Joshua Weinstein founded Shema Kolainu- Hear Our Voices, with only three children. Now, hundreds of children are serviced either at the center based school in Brooklyn or home based programs throughout New York. The 11th Annual Legislative Breakfast welcomed a diverse group of attendees, which is appropriate, as autism knows no cultural bounds. The support and advocacy for this population is important, and Shema Kolainu- Hear Our Voices would like to again thank those who are trying to help make a difference.

L-R: CEO of The Friedlander Group Ezra Friedlander, Vice President of Shema Kolainu Peter Rebenwurzel, President and Founder of Shema Kolainu Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Former NYC Comptroller Bill Thompson, Brad Gerstman, Esq., CEO of Lubicom Menachem Lubinsky MC, Board Member of Shema Kolainu Milton Weinstock
L-R: CEO of The Friedlander Group Ezra Friedlander, Vice President of Shema Kolainu Peter Rebenwurzel, President and Founder of Shema Kolainu Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Former NYC Comptroller Bill Thompson, Brad Gerstman, Esq., CEO of Lubicom Menachem Lubinsky MC, Board Member of Shema Kolainu Milton Weinstock
State Senator Simcha Felder, CEO of The Friedlander Group Ezra Friedlander, Vice President of Shema Kolainu Peter Rebenwurzel, President and Founder of Shema Kolainu Dr. Joshua Weinstein, NYC Councilmember David Greenfield, Rabbi Yitzchok Fleischer, CEO of Lubicom Menachem Lubinsky MC, Board Member of Shema Kolainu Milton Weinstock, Rabbi Chaim Fleischer
State Senator Simcha Felder, CEO of The Friedlander Group Ezra Friedlander, Vice President of Shema Kolainu Peter Rebenwurzel, President and Founder of Shema Kolainu Dr. Joshua Weinstein, NYC Councilmember David Greenfield, Rabbi Yitzchok Fleischer, CEO of Lubicom Menachem Lubinsky MC, Board Member of Shema Kolainu Milton Weinstock, Rabbi Chaim Fleischer
Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Founder & CEO of ICare4Autism and Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices presents award to Gary Rosenthal
Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Founder & CEO of ICare4Autism and Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices presents award to Gary Rosenthal

Autism Researchers Come Together to Honor Artist Gary Rosenthal at the ICare4Autism Pre-Conference Dinner Gala

The International Center for Autism Research and Education (ICare4Autism) held its conference, "Autism: Cutting Edge Research and Promising Treatment Approaches" at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in conjunction with Montefiore Medical Center. The night before the conference, some of the key speakers and researchers got together for an exclusive pre-conference dinner gala, sponsored by Zanger Hall.

The dinner, chaired by Dr. Judah Schorr, was held to honor elite researchers, as well as world renowned artist, Gary Rosenthal. Mr. Rosenthal has been producing contemporary Judaica Art since the 1970's, and has been employing men with autism for 12 years to help create the menorahs, dreidels, and mezuzahs. Gary explained to the audience that these men have "the most amazing manual dexterity," and that it is a true gift to have them working for him.

Autism advocate Jacqueline Aidenbaum attended the gala and is an active member of ICare4Autism. She spoke on behalf of the organization to give her full support on all the hard work Dr. Weinstein is putting in for the autism community.

Founder and CEO of ICare4Autism, Dr. Joshua Weinstein, presented the audience with the latest news on the Global Autism Center, set to open in 2017. The center will be atop Mount Scopus in Jerusalem, and will create a global community for researchers, advocates, and teachers in the autism field.

Dr. Weinstein reflects,

"The dinner was successful in bringing together elite researchers and doctors in the autism field. It was a true honor to meet Gary Rosenthal, and to hear him speak of his experience working with autistic men to create his works of art. I look forward to working with him in the future. It was also very important to bring together these researchers for potential collaborations, and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for ICare4Autism."

ICare4Autism International Autism Conference at Albert Einstein College of Medicine attracts over 300 people

Conference Speakers (from left to right) Dr. Theoharis C. Theoharides, Dr. Gary Steinman, Dr. Alisa G. Woods, Dr. Eric Hollander, Dr. Martha Herbert, Dr. Stephen Shore, Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Dr. Carlos A. Pardo
Conference Speakers (from left to right): Dr. Theoharis C. Theoharides, Dr. Gary Steinman, Dr. Alisa G. Woods, Dr. Eric Hollander, Dr. Martha Herbert, Dr. Stephen Shore, Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Dr. Carlos A. Pardo. Read more...
 ICare4Autism Convenes Pediatricians For A Critical Dialogue On Autism Intervention

ICare4Autism convenes Pediatricians for a Critical Dialogue on Autism Intervention

(Haifa, Israel) On May 19th, 2013, The International Center for Autism Research and Education held a conference for pediatricians on "Autism: An update on genetic and clinical aspects," convening experts in the field of autism for a critical and comprehensive look at the most contemporary findings and practices pertaining to autism. The conference was held at Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in conjunction with The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine.

The conference opened the floor for discussion on the various approaches to autism intervention and facilitated international collaboration. Emanuel Tirosh M.D., of the Hannah Khoushy Child Development Center, The Bnai Zion Medical Center, and the Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, addressed the congregation on drug treatment for autism, balancing benefits with expectations, and discussing avenues for progress among pharmaceutical research for autism spectrum disorder. Pediatric Neurologist Michael Davidovitch M.D. of Maccabi Health Services presented expert opinion and strategy for early detection of autism. Tali Gev, Ph.D. presented a critical review of non-medical intervention approaches for autism. Hakon Hakonarson, M.D., Ph.D., of the Center for Autism Research at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, presented novel therapeutic development to aid autism and the most current review of the role of genetics for autism spectrum disorder. Dov Inbar, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics at The Albert Einstein School of Medicine, presented epidemiological aspects of autism.

Joshua Weinstein, Ph.D., M.B.A., Founder and CEO of ICare4Autism, commenced the conference with a statement on the integral role of pediatrician in the diagnosis and management of autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Weinstein commented on the outcome of the conference saying,

I feel blessed to be among such a diverse group of intellectuals approaching this autism puzzle from every angle. I believe events like this are important intersections for the various avenues of autism research and efforts. I have faith that collaboration and critical review, like we saw here today, will lead us to a complete understanding of the etiology of autism and subsequently able us to better cope with the complexities of the disorder.

The next opportunity to collaborate with ICare4Autism is at the International Autism Conference at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City on June 5th, 2013. To register for this event please go to http://www.icare4autism.org/events/2013-autism-conference and enter promo code 'icare' when registering for a discount.

Director Dor Lin of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, Israel with Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Founder & CEO of the International Center for Autism Research and Education (ICare4Autism)
Director Dor Lin of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, Israel with Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Founder & CEO of the International Center for Autism Research and Education (ICare4Autism)

Director Dor Lin of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Visits Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices

(Brooklyn, NY - May 8, 2013) On Wednesday morning, director Dor Lin of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, Israel, sat down with Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Gili Rechany-Education Director, Suri Gruen-Program Director, and Steve Solender-Former Executive Vice President of UJA-Federation, to discuss the acquisition of the Mt. Scopus Campus, the future site of ICare4Autism Global Autism Center.

Dr. Weinstein, Founder & CEO of the International Center for Autism Research and Education (ICare4Autism) discussed the next steps in acquiring the Mt. Scopus site with Dor Lin. The Campus will be the Autism Global Center made up of four key components: ICare4Autism Research Institute - Global Research Center, ICare4Autism Academy for Advanced Autism Studies, ICare4Autism Model School and ICare4Autism Foundation.

"We have a go," said Dor Lin, as he announced the approval from Hebrew university allowing ICare4Autism to purchase the Mt. Scopus site. Mr. Lin presented the Universities approval documents to Dr. Weinstein, who was thrilled to have it finally move forward.

Mr. Lin was given a tour of the Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices School and Center for children with Autism and other disabilities, and was informed on the various educational methods used in the center. He was able to observe the lessons through the double sided observation rooms without interruption to the students inside.

He also visited the Snoezelen Room, a controlled multisensory room, with different sounds, colors, and lighting effects that is state-of-the-art for children with autism an also visited the Daily Living Skills Center which contains a mini supermarket, laundry center, kitchen, bedroom and gym.

Dor Lin was very upbeat about moving along the process because Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design will be moving its new site to downtown Jerusalem opposite the city hall. He offered his services to Dr. Weinstein and ICare4Autism, and the two are looking forward to further collaborations.

Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Founder & CEO of ICare4Autism (right) with the Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat (left) and the First Lady of the Republic of Panama, Mrs. Marta de Linares Martinelli (middle) at the ICare4Autism 2012 International Autism Conference in Jerusalem on August 1-2, 2012.
Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Founder & CEO of ICare4Autism (right) with the Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat (left) and the First Lady of the Republic of Panama, Mrs. Marta de Linares Martinelli (middle) at the ICare4Autism 2012 International Autism Conference in Jerusalem on August 1-2, 2012.

Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Founder & CEO of ICare4Autism with the First Lady of the Republic of Panama, Mrs. Marta Linares de Martinelli (left) and Dame Stephanie Shirley The British Government's Founding Ambassador for Philanthropy 2009-2010, and Chairman of the Shirley Foundation (right) at the ICare4Autism 2012 International Autism Conference in Jerusalem on August 1-2, 2012.
Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Founder & CEO of ICare4Autism with the First Lady of the Republic of Panama, Mrs. Marta Linares de Martinelli (left) and Dame Stephanie Shirley The British Government's Founding Ambassador for Philanthropy 2009-2010, and Chairman of the Shirley Foundation (right) at the ICare4Autism 2012 International Autism Conference in Jerusalem on August 1-2, 2012.

International Autism Conference Concludes in Jerusalem
Hundreds of Participants from Israel and Abroad Convened to Meet Global Challenge

(Jerusalem, 2 August 2012) - The 2012 International Autism Conference concluded today in Jerusalem with organizers laying out a detailed plan for ICare4Autism to lead the global movement to help those on the autism spectrum. After two days of intense panels and plenary sessions that included a thousand participants from over twenty different countries, ICare4Autism has announced that it will focus on three key areas over the next twelve months.

"We will continue to work tirelessly to realize our dream of ICare4Autism's new global headquarters on Mt. Scopus in Jerusalem, we will move quickly to implement a state-of-the art database system to allow families and caregivers to check information from various governmental and NGO offices in one place, and finally, we will work to implement a workforce initiative for training young adults on the autism spectrum and placing them in high-quality jobs," said Dr. Joshua Weinstein, founder CEO of ICare4Autism and also of Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices, School and Center for children in Brooklyn, NY.

Mayor Nir Barkat greeted the conference participants, presenting a detailed vision for Jerusalem in the years to come. "With strong research and care, we have the ability to send a message all over the world," said the Mayor. "Jerusalem is a powerhouse in health life sciences, and 50% of Israel's clinical trials are conducted here. There is no doubt in my mind that ICare4Autism will be extremely successful in Jerusalem. We will make ICare4Autism a centerpiece for this city," the Mayor concluded. Mayor Barkat's greetings were followed by speeches from Dame Stephanie Shirley - the founding UK Ambassador for Philanthropy, Dr. Shekhar Saxena of the World Health Organization, and First Lady Marta Linares de Martinelli of Panama.

"As the keynote speaker at the conference, I was extremely impressed with the depth and diversity presented," said Dame Stephanie Shirley. The Dame shared her own personal experiences with the participants, explaining how her family's struggles in raising their autistic son encouraged her to become active in the global cause of autism spectrum disorder policy and awareness.

Dr. Saxena noted that "The key is collaboration for NGOs, developmental organizations and social activists to work together to make a difference for affected families."

"Jerusalem is the natural location for an event of this nature because the country has historically been a leader in groundbreaking neurological research. We saw it as imperative to expose some of the world's top academics and public health advocates in this quickly developing field to the Israeli marketplace of ideas," Dr. Joshua Weinstein, continued. "We furthermore firmly believe that collaborations like these will lead to the breakthroughs necessary to best confront this condition and we are confident that ICare4Autism will be the catalyst in this global process."

Over the two-day event, participants chose from fours tracts that focus on important disciplines relating to autism; "Policy and Awareness," "Bio-Medical Research and Practice, "Education and Behavioral Techniques," and "Technology and Resources." Each tract featured top international experts in the designated field.

Some of Israel's leading institutions of higher learning partnered with ICare4Autism in sponsoring the conference including The Hebrew University, The Weizmann Institute, Tel Aviv University, Haifa University and Bar Ilan University. The Israeli Ministries of Health and Education are also collaborating with ICare4Autism on the content of the conference.

Dr. Eric Hollander, a renowned psychiatrist at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in New York and the Chairman of the ICare4Autism Advisory Council added that "the ICare4Autism 2012 Global Conference will be a unique opportunity for leading researchers, clinicians, educators and policymakers from all over the world to share their latest findings and create powerful new international collaborations that will ultimately allow us to discover the etiology of autism and its biologic and environmental causes. This global cross-disciplinary gathering will play a vital role in speeding the development of improved methods of autism detection and treatment that are urgently needed by patients and the families."

Top Officials Highlight Autism Legislative Efforts At Shema Kolainu Breakfast

On Tuesday July 24, 2012 Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices, a school and center for Children with Autism hosted their 10th Annual Legislative Breakfast at the Renaissance Ballroom in Brooklyn, New York. This year's breakfast honored members of both the City Council and State Legislature in recognition of their efforts to help children with autism.

The annual event, chaired by Abe Eisner, who delivered greetings from Governor Andrew Cuomo as well as by John Catsimatidis CEO of Gristedes Supermarkets, was created to educate legislators about the urgency of autism care and research, raise support and awareness, and share ideas about working toward combating autism through effective public policy and legislation. In addition, communal leaders, civic and religious leaders, community philanthropists, and elected officials, were in attendance to pay tribute to several outstanding public officials and community leaders for their dedication in furthering the mission of Shema Kolainu.

The awardees were: Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, State Leadership Award presented by Shema Kolainu Board Member Juby Shapiro, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, Public Service Award presented by Shema Kolainu Board Member Milton Weinstock, Councilmembers Mark Weprin, David Greenfield, and Brad Lander, Autism Initiative Appreciation Tribute. NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn was presented with the City Legislative Leadership Award, while Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., was the recipient of the Appreciation Award.

The breakfast also celebrated the past, present and future of Brooklyn Community Board 12. Former Chair Alan Dubrow was recognized for 20 years of service, presented by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, while Assemblyman Dov Hikind welcomed Yidel Perlstein as the new Chairman of Community Board #12. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio gave special recognition to the new leadership of the Boro Park Jewish Community Council by presenting an award to Executive Director Rabbi Yeruchim Silber representing the Board of Directors.

State Senator Eric Adams, Council Members Melissa Mark-Viverito and Dan Garodnick remarked on the importance of keeping funding for programs that support children with autism. Also in attendance were CM Letitia James, CM Lou Fiddler, District Leader Lincoln Restler, Assemblyman David Weprin, NY Board of Regents Member Kathleen Cashin, and City Council Finance Chair CM Domenic M. Recchia, Jr.

Thirteen years ago, Shema Kolainu opened its doors to three school age children -- the first school and center of its kind. Today, hundreds of children benefit from Shema Kolainu's center and home based services and programs. Said Dr. Joshua Weinstein, founder and president "It is a remarkable feat accomplished with Hashem's help and guidance."

The breakfast was coordinated by The Friedlander Group. Masters of Ceremony were Menachem Lubinsky, President and CEO of Lubicom Marketing Consulting and Kalman Yeger, a senior advisor to a number of elected officials.

L-R Standing: NYC Councilmember Lew Fidler, Dr. Kathleen Cashin Board of Regents, Assemblyman Steve Cymbrowitz, Rabbi Yeruchim Silber- Executive Director Boro Park JCC, NY Councilmember Marc Weprin, NYC Councilmember Brad Lander, NYC Councilman Dan Garodnick, NYC Councilmember David Greenfield, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Dr. Joshua Weinstein - Founder of Shema Kolainu, NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn, Peter Rebenwurzel VP Shema Kolainu , Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr, Menachem Lubinsky MC - CEO of Lubicom, Rabbi Michael Miller - CEO JCRC L-R Sitting: Milton Weinstock - Board member Shema Kolainu, Yidel Perlstein Chairman CB 12, Ezra Friedlander CEO - The Friedlander Group, NYC Council Finance Chair Domenic M. Recchia Jr., Former Chairman CB12 Allan Dubrow
L-R: Kalman Yeger MC, Milton Weinstock - Board member Shema Kolainu, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr, Dr. Joshua Weinstein - Founder of Shema Kolainu, Peter Rebenwurzel VP Shema Kolainu, Menachem Lubinsky MC - CEO of Lubicom
L-R: Yidel Perlstein Chairman CB 12, Rabbi Yitzchok Fleischer - office of Senator Diane Savino, Ezra Friedlander CEO - The Friedlander Group, Milton Weinstock - Board member Shema Kolainu, Dr. Joshua Weinstein - Founder of Shema Kolainu, NYC Public Advocate Bill deBlasio, Rabbi Yeruchim Silber- Executive Director Boro Park JCC, Peter Rebenwurzel VP Shema Kolainu, Isaac Stern President Boro Park JCC, Menachem Lubinsky MC - CEO of Lubicom
L-R: Ezra Friedlander CEO - The Friedlander Group, Dr. Joshua Weinstein - Founder of Shema Kolainu, Milton Weinstock - Board member Shema Kolainu, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, Peter Rebenwurzel VP Shema Kolainu, Menachem Lubinsky MC - CEO of Lubicom, Rabbi Abe Friedman - Law Enforcement Chaiplan

Autism Awareness Day 2012

Each year SKHOV holds a graduation ceremony at Brizzi Park across the street from SKHOV. We also take this opportunity to invite families, the public and city officials in order to raise the awareness of autism in our community.  By informing and educating the public about autism we can rally support for our cause and hopefully make a difference in the laws and funding available to all people affected by autism.

Some of those who came on this day to show their support of autism awareness were Wolf Sender, District Manager at Community Board 12 (CB12) in Brooklyn, Karol Joswick also of CB12, NYPD Inspector Micheal Deddo, Sargeant Michael Andreano, Detective Michael Melisi all from Precinct 66 in Brooklyn. On this day each year we also take the time to celebrate our children and their accomplishments during the year. There are rides, games, face painting, and fun activities for all the children at the event. This year we gave thanks to all the leaders who helped us finish another successful year at SKHOV and some of the children gave their own presentations with a song or a poem. They worked very hard on preparing for the public presentation that day and we are very proud of all of them. We look forward to another successful year at SKHOV!

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student-teach SKHOV Autism Awareness Day 2012
Gili Rechany, Educational Director, Suri Gruen, Program Director and Dr. Joshua Weinstein, CEO & Founder of SKHOV are joined by Wolf Sender, District Manager at Community Board 12 (CB12) in Brooklyn, Karol Joswick also of CB12, NYPD Inspector Micheal Deddo, Sargeant Michael Andreano, Detective Michael Melisi all from Precinct 66 in Brooklyn.

9th Annual Legislative Breakfast draws crowd of nearly 200 community leaders



(L-R) Milton Weinstock, Dr. Joshua Weinstein Founder and President of Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices, NYC Comptroller John Liu, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, and Menachem Lubinsky CEO of Lubicom Marketing Consulting.
(L-R) Milton Weinstock, Dr. Joshua Weinstein Founder and President of Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices, NYC Comptroller John Liu, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, and Menachem Lubinsky CEO of Lubicom Marketing Consulting.

The Honorable Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel in New York speaking at the Legislative Breakfast
The Honorable Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel in New York speaking at the Legislative Breakfast.

(L-R) Milton Weinstock, Councilman Mark Weprin, Councilman Mathieu Eugene, Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Councilman Brad Lander, Councilman Fidler, and Menachem Lubinsky
(L-R) Milton Weinstock, Councilman Mark Weprin, Councilman Mathieu Eugene, Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Councilman Brad Lander, Councilman Fidler, and Menachem Lubinsky.

(L-R) Milton Weinstock, Assemblyman Eric Adams, Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Bronx Democratic Chairman Assemblyman Carl E. Heastie, and Menachem Lubinsky.
(L-R) Milton Weinstock, Assemblyman Eric Adams, Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Bronx Democratic Chairman Assemblyman Carl E. Heastie, and Menachem Lubinsky.

Brooklyn, NY: On Tuesday morning, August 2nd, Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices held its 9th annual Legislative breakfast at the Renaissance Ballroom in Brooklyn, New York. Nearly 200 of New York's most influential community leaders, policy makers, and their constituents gathered in support of Shema Kolainu: Hear Our Voices.

Legislators pledged their enduring support to secure legislation that benefits children and their parents who require ongoing personalized services such as those that Shema Kolainu provides. A special tribute was made to members of the New York State Legislature who acted as co-sponsors of a recent bill mandating insurance companies reimburse autism screenings. The award was presented to the following members of the Assembly and Senate: Adams, Brook-Krasny, Golden, Hikind, Heastie, Maisel, Ortiz, Parker, Weprin, and Weisenberg. Assemblyman Weisenberg recounted to the crowd that as a father of a special needs child, passing a bill like this will help schools such as Shema Kolainu: Hear Our Voices step in right away and provide services from the beginning.

Shema Kolainu expressed their gratitude to several additional honorees including NYC Comptroller John Liu who has hailed by State Comptroller DiNapoli for understanding the vital services the autistic population requires throughout his years in public service. Special Guest Consul General of Israel to New York Ido Aharoni, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer delivered greetings.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind spoke passionately in praise of the Shomrim patrol and presented Phil Goldfeder with a Public Service Award. A special presentation to the New York City Police Department and Boro Park Shomrim Patrol was also in order after the tragic search of Leiby Kletzky. Deputy Inspector John Sprague, Commanding Officer of 66th Precinct, was awarded the Community Appreciation Award.

Assemblyman David Weprin, currently running for the 9th Congressional District Special Election was also in attendance. Councilman David Greenfield thanked Assemblyman Weprin for his service in setting up the Autism Initiative during his days in City Council. As Councilman Greenfield mentioned "without David Weprin's leadership, we may not have the Autism Initiative at all." The Autism Initiative provides funding for schools and centers such as Shema Kolainu: Hear Our Voices who have pioneered a parent training program. The Initiative is now spearheaded by Councilman Mark Weprin who along with his colleagues Council Members: Eugene, Lander, Gentile, Fidler, Greenfield, and James, have ensured that funding was included in this year's City Budget. Special recognition was given to Councilman Brad Lander in whose district Shema Kolainu is located and is a tireless advocate for the school.

Shema Kolainu: Hear Our Voices was founded by Dr. Joshua Weinstein who said: "In the past 13 years, Shema Kolainu has served thousands of children with autism and has made a huge difference in improving their lives. Our Legislative Breakfast pays tribute to our elected officials who have contributed toward the goal of advancing autism education, and for that we are eternally grateful." Shema Kolainu opened in 1998, and is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York. It is a non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of children with autism in the five boroughs of New York City. President and Founder Dr. Joshua Weinstein thanked everyone for coming and discussed the remarkable progress which had been made; Menachem Lubinsky, CEO of Lubicom Marketing, and Kalman Yeger, Masters of Ceremonies, thanked The Friedlander Group for coordinating the formal breakfast and also thanked everyone for coming to celebrate Shema Kolainu's Bar Mitzvah celebration.

(L-R) Councilman David Greenfield, CEO of the Friedlander Group, Ezra Friedlander, Phil Goldfeder, and Assemblyman Dov Hikind.
(L-R) Councilman David Greenfield, CEO of the Friedlander Group, Ezra Friedlander, Phil Goldfeder, and Assemblyman Dov Hikind.
(L-R) Milton Weinstock, Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Deputy Inspector John Sprague, and Menachem Lubinsky.
(L-R) Milton Weinstock, Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Deputy Inspector John Sprague, and Menachem Lubinsky.
(L-R) Councilwoman Letitia James, Councilman Vincent J. Gentile, Councilman Mark Weprin, Assemblyman David Weprin, Councilman Bard Lander, Milton Weinstock, Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Councilman David Greenfield, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, NYC Comptroller John Liu, Boro Park Shomrim Patrol coordinators, and Councilman Fidler.
(L-R) Councilwoman Letitia James, Councilman Vincent J. Gentile, Councilman Mark Weprin, Assemblyman David Weprin, Councilman Bard Lander, Milton Weinstock, Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Councilman David Greenfield, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, NYC Comptroller John Liu, Boro Park Shomrim Patrol coordinators, and Councilman Fidler.
NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio speaks at the Shema Kolainu Legislative Breakfast.
NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio speaks at the Shema Kolainu Legislative Breakfast.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer speaks at the Shema Kolainu Legislative Breakfast.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer speaks at the Shema Kolainu Legislative Breakfast.
(R-L) David Weprin interviewed by Talkline with Zev Brenner
(R-L) David Weprin interviewed by Talkline with Zev Brenner.

An Eye-Opening Visit to Alei Siach in Jerusalem

An Eye-Opening Visit to Alei Siach in Jerusalem

An Eye-Opening Visit to Alei Siach in Jerusalem

An Eye-Opening Visit to Alei Siach in Jerusalem

Rabbi Chaim Perkal, Founder & CEO of Alei Siach, the premier outreach organization to the special needs community in metro Jerusalem, escorted Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Founder & CEO of ICare4Autism on a recent tour of Alei Siach's state-of-the-art Rehabilitative Occupation Center, where they observed how young adults with Down's Syndrome and autism were being imbued with various job-training skills, based on their various levels of physical and mental abilities.

During the course of the tour Dr. Weinstein interacted with enthusiastic autistic men who were learning how to mold their clay creations into artistic displays that could be sold to local merchants. Others were learning how to cut cardboard and paper shapes that could be used for festive Chanukah decorations.

In a nearby room, several young ladies with Down's Syndrome explained to Dr. Weinstein that their current job, filling bottles of colorful confectioners sugar for a commercial baking company, was a fulfilling experience. "It's fun coming to work every day and learning new skills," one of the young ladies remarked to Dr. Weinstein.

Alei Siach provides specialized one-to-one job training skills to hundreds of people who are able to earn a modest wage, whether they work within the confines of the Rehabilitative Occupation Center, or in various job settings, ranging from grocery stores to the Knesset's mail room.

Dr. Weinstein capped off his visit to Alei Siach by following Rabbi Perkal to the roof where they were witness to a fascinating work in progress, a self-made 'hothouse' where a number of special needs young ladies were planting a variety of spices, fruits and vegetables. "The object of this program is to provide these special ladies with a sense of purpose and satisfaction. Once they experience the beauty of how they were able to make something grow and then bring it to the marketplace where they can earn money for their efforts, it creates happiness and a sense of motivation," an Alei Siach special education professional explained.

Impressed by what he had experienced, Dr. Weinstein thanked Rabbi Perkal for his hospitality and expressed an interest in Alei Siach's on-going programs. Said Dr. Weinstein, "What Rabbi Perkal and Alei Siach have accomplished is nothing short of miraculous. They can be proud of the fact that they are providing revolutionary solutions, where none existed up until a few years ago."


ICARE4AUTISM ANNOUNCES GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS   [Download PDF of Press Release]
Objective is to Strengthen the Fight Against Autism

(Jerusalem - June 23) On June 10th, a high-powered group of biomedical researchers and educators from throughout Israel met at the Conference Center in the Jerusalem Hills to review progress toward the establishment of the world’s first Global Center for Autism Research and Education in Jerusalem. The Center is scheduled to open in 2014 on the Mt. Scopus site that is currently home to the Bezalel College of Art & Design.

The meeting was convened by ICare4Autism, the New York City-based charitable organization responsible for creating and operating the Center.

ICare4Autism Founder/President Dr. Joshua Weinstein updated the group regarding the recent expansion of the Advisory Council to include leading figures representing distinguished international academic institutions and research centers including the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (USA); Instituto di Neuroscienze (Italy); Mexico City University (Mexico); and University of Alberta (Canada). This is an important first step toward the creation of a global autism leadership network, to be based at the Center in Jerusalem.

The Israeli experts expressed their longstanding concern about the absence of an Israeli central disease control authority, which makes it difficult to accurately assess the impact of the autism crisis, allocate resources or target interventions. Israel shares this problem with many countries around the world.

In response, Dr. Weinstein announced a major Icare4autism initiative to help foster the creation of a central disease control authority in Israel, to be modeled after the renowned Center for Disease Control in the United States. Later this year, he will personally lead a team of high-level American experts to Israel, to advise senior officials in the Ministries of Education, Social Service and Health Services regarding necessary measures. Eventually, this initiative will serve as a valuable prototype to be made available to Health Ministries worldwide.

Said Dr. Weinstein, "While the mission of the Global Autism Center in Jerusalem is worldwide in scope, we are strongly focused on using this opportunity to help meet the most urgent needs of Israeli families on the front lines of the autism crisis."

Said Dr.Yoav Kohn, Director of the Donald Cohen Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department in Jerusalem, "We are thrilled to have the unique opportunity to host the Global Autism Center here in Jerusalem. The benefits of hosting the Global Autism Center to Israelis with autism will be incalculable."

Contact info@icare4autism.org Kim Robinson 718-686-9600.


GLOBAL LEADERS IN AUTISM RESEARCH CONVERGE IN NYC
GLOBAL LEADERS IN AUTISM RESEARCH CONVERGE IN NYC

GLOBAL LEADERS IN AUTISM RESEARCH CONVERGE IN NYC   [Download PDF of Press Release]
ICare4Autism & the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Present "Autism: A Global Perspective" to Combat Escalating Crisis

6/2/11 – (NYC) ICare4Autism & Albert Einstein College of Medicine present "Autism: A Global Perspective", a day-long conference bringing together leading scientists, educators and policymakers to explore groundbreaking research that sheds new light on the causes and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders. The conference will be held at Albert Einstein College of Medicine on July 6th, 2011.

"Notable gaps in channels of communication among biomedical, educational and occupational professionals urgently necessitate a collaborative approach to pooling quantifiable, empirical data and research," said Joshua Weinstein, Ph.D., M.B.A., Founder and President of ICare4Autism.

Renowned presenters from around the world will unveil their latest biomedical discoveries and educational innovations. Topics include: Neuropsychopharmacology of Oxytocin and Inflammation in Autism; A Novel and Common Inborn Error of Metabolism Discovered in Autism Patients; and Intervention Targeting Development of Socially Synchronous Engagement. The program will also feature a presentation of Icare4autism’s plan to launch the world's first Global Autism Research and Education Center in Jerusalem, Israel.

Eric Hollander, M.D., Director of OCD and Autism Spectrum Program, Montefiore Medical Center, and Chairman of the ICare4Autism Advisory Counci, will be joined by Dominick P. Purpura, M.D. Dean Emeritus, Professor of Neuroscience, Einstein College of Medicine; Arthur L. Beaudet, M.D. Professor and Chair Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX; Hugh Morgan, MMedSc OBE FRSA CEO Autism Wales & Expert Advisor for ASD to the Welsh Assembly Government, Cardiff, Wales; Mark Lever Chief Executive, The National Autistic Society (NAS), UK; and Rebecca J. Landa, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

About ICare4autism
The International Center for Autism Research and Education (www.ICare4Autism.org) was founded in 2004 by Joshua Weinstein, Ph.D., M.B.A. to catalyze and drive collaboration among institutions around the world seeking to discover the etiology of autism and, ultimately, define better methods of detecting and treating autism.

About Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University is one of the nation’s premier centers for research, medical education and clinical investigation. Through its extensive affiliation network involving five medical centers in the Bronx, Manhattan and Long Island – the College of Medicine runs one of the largest post-graduate medical training programs in the United States. For more information, please visit www.einstein.yu.edu.

Contact Kim Robinson 718-686-9600 ex 1150.


On Thursday, April 7, 2011, Assemblyman Dov Hikind joined Mr. Joshua Weinstein, founder and President of Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices, at the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony of two special additions to the Brooklyn school and center for children with autism. Both the ‘Snoezelen’ Sensory Room and the Daily Living Skills Center were sponsored by Assemblyman Dov Hikind, of District 48.

Designed specifically for children with autism, The Snoezelen Room helps to improve auditory, visual-spatial, and motor skills in a safe surrounding. This warm space is rich in textures, colors, lights, scents and sounds. For some students, the goal is sensory stimulation, and to strengthen cause and effect associations. For others, the room can function as a therapeutic respite and a place of relaxation with crash mats, a hammock-like chair, and a full-body warming massage mat. Above all, the room is adaptable and a tremendous addition to Shema Kolainu.

The Daily Living Skills Center helps students master basic living skills and everyday activities by mimicking these events in a controlled setting. Shema Kolainu’s Daily Living Skills Center includes a mini supermarket, laundry center, kitchen, bedroom and gym. Emphasis is placed on navigating the above areas as well as other skills such as; caring for personal belongings, personal hygiene, and general housekeeping skills. Our Center for Daily Living Skills makes a positive difference in educating our children in becoming more independent and community wise.

As Assemblyman Hikind stood behind the checkout counter in the Daily Living Skills Center, he expressed to Mr. Weinstein how excited he is about all the work being done at Shema Kolainu. He said he was honored to be a part of the day’s events and thanked everyone for all the selfless work they continue to do for the children.


Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Rosalind Davis, J. Morton Davism Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Mr. Joshua Weinstein, founder of icare4autism, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), Rep.  Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and former Rep. Lester Wolff (D-N.Y.)
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Rosalind Davis, J. Morton Davism Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Mr. Joshua Weinstein, founder of icare4autism, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and former Rep. Lester Wolff (D-N.Y.) - Photographs by Greg Nash

Tribute Luncheon in honor of J. Morton Davis
March 16, 2011   washingtonscene.thehill.com

The International Center for Autism Research and Education, Inc. (icare4autism) founded by Joshua Weinstein paid tribute to J. Morton Davis, chairman and owner of D.H. Blair Investment Banking Corp. and board member of The Hill's parent company, News Communications, today with a luncheon in his honor. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) joined by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.); Reps. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) presented Davis with the lifetime achievement award recognizing his authentic American ingenuity and humanitarian contributions. The luncheon organized by the Friedlander Group and held right off the floor of the Senate chamber in the LBJ Room (used by then Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson) echoed the theme of uniting forces to find the cure for autism which is the mission of icare4autism by bringing together collaborative efforts in the realm of research and funding. The luncheon was chaired by David Lobl, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, The Friedlander Group, who also acknowledged the presence of Phil Goldfeder of Sen. Charles Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) office; Caitlin Dorman from Rep. Nan Hayworth's(R-N.Y.) office, Rabbi Levi Shemtov, of the American Friends of Lubavitch, Dr. Tevi Troy visiting Sr. Fellow at the Hudson Institute and is the former Deputy Secretary of HHS, Lumumba Di-Aping representing the Permanent Mission of Sudan to the United Nations and Adrian Prenkaj, Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo.

J. Morton Davis, Rosalind Davis and Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.)

Philanthropists J. Morton Davis
Philanthropist J. Morton Davis

Washington - Capitol Hill Tribute Honoring Philanthropist to Focus on US-Israel Partnership
March 2, 2011   http://www.vosizneias.com

Washington - The International Center for Autism Research and Education, icare4autism, which recently announced plans to launch the world’s first Global Autism Center in Jerusalem, will be hosting a tribute at the US Capitol on March 16th in honor of noted philanthropist, J. Morton Davis.

Autism has reached epidemic proportions with a new case diagnosed every 18 minutes. ICARE was founded seven years ago by Mr. Joshua Weinstein in an effort to identify causes, methods of detection and treatment of autism. The Global Autism Center is expected to open in 2014 at the former home of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design on Mt. Scopus in Jerusalem, providing the world’s leading autism authorities with the a state of the art five acre facility for their research in addition to the world’s first university level school of professional autism studies, a comprehensive educational center and an international autism foundation.

J. Morton Davis, an investment banker, entrepreneur and venture capitalist is the chairman of the DH Blair Investment Banking Corp, which specializes in identifying and investing in emerging companies. He has helped over 400 companies in his career and his known for his passion for empowering individuals to maximize their fullest potential. In recognition of this attention and dedication to the individual, ICARE will present Davis with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the March 16th Capitol Hill luncheon, which will give influential members of congress an opportunity to learn more about autism.

Ezra Friedlander of The Friedlander Group which is coordinating the event told VIN News, "The nexus between icare4autism, J. Morton Davis and having an event on Capitol Hill will no doubt be the catalyst that will drive the best research to find a cure for autism. When we have the commitment of members of congress, the best minds in autism and a philanthropist of the magnitude of J. Morton Davis, I have no doubt that there will be historical breakthroughs as a result of this important event in our nation’s capital."


Brooklyn, NY - 100's Attend Event To Support Organization That Helps Children With Autism
July 16, 2010   http://www.vosizneias.com

Brooklyn, NY - On Wednesday morning, July 14th, nearly 400 of New York’s most influential Jewish community leaders, policy makers, and their constituents gathered at the Renaissance Ballroom in Brooklyn, New York in support of Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices, a school and center for children with autism.

Many legislators pledged their enduring support to secure legislation that benefits children and their parents who require ongoing personalized services such as those that Shema Kolainu provides. Assemblyman Felix Ortiz gave a moving speech acknowledging the importance of securing services. Ortiz explained that this cause resonates for him personally as his aunt and uncle have struggled to care for their autistic daughter. He and others stressed the importance of maintaining funding so that budget cuts do not threaten critical programs such as those at Shema Kolainu.

The primary goal of this event was to educate legislators about the urgency of autism care and research, raise support and awareness, and share ideas about working toward combating autism through effective public policy and legislation. In addition, communal leaders, civic and religious leaders, community philanthropists, and elected officials, attended to pay tribute to several outstanding public officials and community leaders for their dedication in furthering the mission of Shema Kolainu.

Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices expressed their gratitude to several honorees. Commissioner from the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, Nazli Parvizi, accepted the City Leadership Award. Other awardees were City Councilman Brad Lander who was presented with the Shema Kolainu Appreciation Award,presented by Peter Hatch, State Director of Senator Gillibrand’s office; Steven Cohn of Goldberg & Cohn, LLP whose Public Service Award was presented by Brooklyn DA Joe Hynes; Dr. Randi Herman, Vice President of Council of School Supervisors and Administrators and District Manager of Community Board # 12, Wolf Sender.

A special Appreciated Award was presented to prominent community philanthropist Cheskel ‘Ziggy’ Brach who was joined on stage by Attorney General Candidate Sean Coffey for his commitment to Shema Kolainu throughout the years. 

Lastly the very touching award of Lifetime of Excellent Service went to George Kramer. George’s boss, Isaac Abraham presented the award and told the audience about George, a very special elderly man with autism. With his remarkable skills, George has held Kramer’s Hardware store in Brooklyn together for over 50 years. Abraham explained that the store has never needed a computer. "George keeps track of all the inventory in his head!" George’s dedication and his story inspired the crowd.

Gratitude and appreciation was also expressed to very strong supporters of Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices Assemblyman Dov Hikind and State Senator Kevin Parker. Other speakers were Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny, Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, City Council Members David Greenfield, Vincent Gentile, and Mark Weprin, sponsor of the NYC Council Autism Initiative.

Senator Kevin Parker related that he was once asked how he is able to serve all the different ethnic groups residing in the very diverse 21st district which he serves. He answered that it is not as complicated as one would think because as it turns out "all people no matter what their religion or ethnic background share common interests for their well-being and advancement". Everybody wants for themselves and for their families a safe neighborhood, good school and educational options, and job opportunities.

Both City Council members David Greenfield and Brad Lander affirmed their commitment to fight for this essential funding, “Everyone in NYC knows a family member or a friend touched by autism. I’ve had a chance to see the hard work of the City Council’s Autism Initiative up close, and to see what a difference it makes to have caring teachers and social workers working with autistic kids every day. The progress that families see as a result is truly extraordinary. While these are challenging economic times, we cannot and must not abandon these children and their families” asserted Councilman Lander. “The answer to our budget crisis is not to cut services to special needs children and families. We must find alternative streams of revenue to ensure that vital programs like the City Council Autism Initiative remain intact. It’s the least that we can do for families of these amazing children” proclaimed Councilman Greenfield.

Shema Kolainu, founded by the trailblazing Joshua Weinstein, opened in 1998, headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, is a non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of children with autism in the five boroughs of New York. Renowned for their unique and pioneering approach based on the science of Applied Behavior Analysis, they offer education and other services in the field of autism care. Statistics confirm that autism has risen by epidemic proportions. Vital and urgent expenses for care, education and resources are staggering. Shema Kolainu hopes to build awareness and support to allow more children and families to benefit from the school’s valuable and essential services and programs.

President and Founder Joshua Weinstein thanked everyone for coming and discussed the remarkable progress which had been made; Menachem Lubinsky and Kalman Yeger, Masters of Ceremonies, thanked The Friedlander Group for coordinated the formal breakfast and also thanked everyone for coming to celebrate Shema Kolainu’s "Bat Mitzvah". The attendees were invited back in 2011 for the "Bar Mitzvah" celebration.


Shema Kolainu's 8th Annual Legislative Breakfast
July 14, 2010   [Click here for photos and video]

On Wednesday morning, July 14th, nearly 400 of New York’s most influential Jewish community leaders, policy makers, and their constituents gathered at the Renaissance Ballroom in Brooklyn, New York in support of Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices, a school and center for children with autism.

Many legislators pledged their enduring support to secure legislation that benefits children and their parents who require ongoing personalized services such as those that Shema Kolainu provides. Assemblyman Felix Ortiz gave a moving speech acknowledging the importance of securing services. Ortiz explained that this cause resonates for him personally as his aunt and uncle have struggled to care for their autistic daughter. He and others stressed the importance of maintaining funding so that budget cuts do not threaten critical programs such as those at Shema Kolainu.

The primary goal of this event was to educate legislators about the urgency of autism care and research, raise support and awareness, and share ideas about working toward combating autism through effective public policy and legislation. In addition, communal leaders, civic and religious leaders, community philanthropists, and elected officials, attended to pay tribute to several outstanding public officials and community leaders for their dedication in furthering the mission of Shema Kolainu.

Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices expressed their gratitude to several honorees. Commissioner from the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, Nazli Parvizi, accepted the City Leadership Award. Other awardees were City Councilman Brad Lander, Steven Cohn of Goldberg & Cohn, LLP, Dr. Randi Herman, Vice President of Council of School Supervisors and Administrators and District Manager of Community Board # 12, Wolf Sender.

Lastly the very touching award of Lifetime of Excellent Service went to George Kramer. George’s boss, Isaac Abraham presented the award and told the audience about George, a very special elderly man with autism. With his remarkable skills, George has held Kramer’s Hardware store in Brooklyn together for over 50 years. Abraham explained that the store has never needed a computer. "George keeps track of all the inventory in his head!" George’s dedication and his story inspired the crowd.

Gratitude and appreciation was also expressed to very strong supporters of Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices Assemblyman Dov Hikind and State Senator Kevin Parker. Other speakers were Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny, Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, City Council Members David Greenfield, Vincent Gentile, and Mark Weprin, sponsor of the NYC Council Autism Initiative.

Senator Kevin Parker related that he was once asked how he is able to serve all the different ethnic groups residing in the very diverse 21st district which he serves. He answered that it is not as complicated as one would think because as it turns out "all people no matter what their religion or ethnic background share common interests for their well-being and advancement". Everybody wants for themselves and for their families a safe neighborhood, good school and educational options, and job opportunities.

Both City Council members David Greenfield and Brad Lander affirmed their commitment to fight for this essential funding, "Everyone in NYC knows a family member or a friend touched by autism. I’ve had a chance to see the hard work of the City Council’s Autism Initiative up close, and to see what a difference it makes to have caring teachers and social workers working with autistic kids every day. The progress that families see as a result is truly extraordinary. While these are challenging economic times, we cannot and must not abandon these children and their families" asserted Councilman Lander. "The answer to our budget crisis is not to cut services to special needs children and families. We must find alternative streams of revenue to ensure that vital programs like the City Council Autism Initiative remain intact. It’s the least that we can do for families of these amazing children" proclaimed Councilman Greenfield.

Shema Kolainu, founded by the trailblazing Joshua Weinstein, opened in 1998, headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, is a non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of children with autism in the five boroughs of New York. Renowned for their unique and pioneering approach based on the science of Applied Behavior Analysis, they offer education and other services in the field of autism care. Statistics confirm that autism has risen by epidemic proportions. Vital and urgent expenses for care, education and resources are staggering. Shema Kolainu hopes to build awareness and support to allow more children and families to benefit from the school’s valuable and essential services and programs.

President and Founder Joshua Weinstein thanked everyone for coming and discussed the remarkable progress which had been made; Menachem Lubinsky and Kalman Yeger, Masters of Ceremonies, thanked The Friedlander Group for coordinated the formal breakfast and also thanked everyone for coming to celebrate Shema Kolainu’s "Bat Mitzvah". The attendees were invited back in 2011 for the "Bar Mitzvah" celebration.


Council Members Weprin, Lander and Greenfield Join Shema Kolainu at City Hall advocating for 1 IN 150 CAMPAIGN — $1.5 MILLION AUTISM INITIATIVE

Council Members Weprin, Lander and Greenfield Join Shema Kolainu at City Hall advocating for 1 IN 150 CAMPAIGN — $1.5 MILLION AUTISM INITIATIVE

New York, NY— Parents, youngsters, teachers, and Council members gathered today on the steps of City Hall seeking continued City Council funding for valuable autism services. More than 75 representatives from a variety of organizations attended, led by Shema Kolainu-Hear our Voices a school and center for children for autism.

"Autism is a disorder that knows no boundaries; it affects children of every race, color, creed and social standing. Too many children today are stricken with this disorder that not only affects them; it affects their families as well. This initiative has provided social and recreational service for children on the autism spectrum, and educational and training services to their families so that their children can live fuller and productive lives," said Council Member Mark Weprin. "The importance of the work done through this initiative can’t be overstated, not only in terms of the direct programming provided, but often times as the caretaker for children that allows their parents to hold jobs."

Council Members Weprin, Lander and Greenfield Join Shema Kolainu at City Hall advocating for 1 IN 150 CAMPAIGN — $1.5 MILLION AUTISM INITIATIVE

Autism now impacts one child in every one hundred and ten, and one in seventy -four boys. While there is not yet a cure, it has been proven that children with autism better respond and have a better quality of life when offered services and are in the company of other children to engage and participate in social skill development, and that parent awareness and training leads to early intervention, which is critical for children to receive services in proper educational settings and to achieve optimal outcomes for each child.

City Council "1 in 150" funding over the last year supported 12 training and 13 wraparound providers who collectively conducted 145 training workshops for parents and educators reaching over 2,500 parents, caregivers and professionals in all five boroughs. Wrap around services provided after-school and weekend programming such as a weekend respite, holiday activities, crisis intervention, and kids clubs for 230 children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The City Council's "1 in 150" Autism Services Initiative, provides invaluable wraparound services for high-functioning children on the autism spectrum, who otherwise do not qualify for publicly funded programs (About a third of the children on the autistic spectrum are higher functioning).

Both City Council members David Greenfield and Brad Lander affirmed their commitment to fight for this essential funding, "Everyone in NYC knows a family member or a friend touched by autism. I've had a chance to see the hard work of the City Council's Autism Initiative up close, and to see what a difference it makes to have caring teachers and social workers working with autistic kids every day. The progress that families see as a result is truly extraordinary. While these are challenging economic times, we cannot and must not abandon these children and their families" asserted Councilman Lander. "The answer to our budget crisis is not to cut services to special needs children and families. We must find alternative streams of revenue to ensure that vital programs like the City Council Autism Initiative remain intact. It's the least that we can do for families of these amazing children" proclaimed Councilman Greenfield.

"We urge the City Council to fund the Autism Initiative which helps families find resources and services to enhance the quality of life for their children on the autism spectrum. It’s sad that every year we must gather on the steps of City Hall and urge those in government for their support for programs serving children and youth who are diagnosed with autism. We know the official statics are 1 in 150 children but the more accurate numbers are closer to 1 in 100 children a true epidemic—therefore these services which the Autism Initiative funds will allow children on the autism spectrum to receive additional care along with respite for their families. I particularly thank Councilmember Mark Weprin along with Councilmembers David Greenfield and Brad Lander for their leadership on behalf of the Council’s autism initiative," said Josh Weinstein, founder and president of Shema Kolainu—Hear Our Voices.

Self-advocate, Sarah Birnbaum spoke on behalf of the entire community of those on the spectrum and their families. Without this critical funding, children on the spectrum will never have the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives, and some parents and caretakers may be robbed of the opportunity to support their families if their children are not cared for."


One of our students plays with Assemblyman Lancman (middle) with Gili Rechany, SKHOV Educational Director, and Suri Gruen, Program Director
One of our students plays with Assemblyman Lancman (middle) with Gili Rechany, SKHOV Educational Director, and Suri Gruen, Program Director

SKHOV received a grant to build another floor to our building. Ezra Friedlander, Friedlander Group, Assemblyman Lancman, Suri Gruen, and Gili Rechany survey the roof.
SKHOV received a grant to build another floor to our building. Ezra Friedlander, Friedlander Group, Assemblyman Lancman, Suri Gruen, and Gili Rechany survey the roof.
 

Assemblyman Rory Lancman, Queens, visited Shema Kolainu- Hear Our Voices on August 17, 2009 to discuss autism education issues with our Executive Director and Educational Director.

Assemblyman Lancman with our student
Assemblyman Lancman with our student

Shema Kolainu's 7th Annual Legislative Breakfast

Shema Kolainu's 7th Annual Legislative Breakfast
July 28, 2009   [Click here for photos and video]

On Tuesday morning, July 28th, Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices, a school and center for children with autism, hosted their 7th Annual Legislative Breakfast at the Renaissance Ballroom in Brooklyn, New York. This year’s breakfast focused on the expansion of Shema Kolainu—Hear Our Voices to the five boroughs of New York City with center and home based services. President and Founder Joshua Weinstein discussed the remarkable progress which had been made; "Over ten years ago Shema Kolainu opened its doors to three school age children; the first school and center of its kind. Today, we serve over fifty children in our preschool and school age programs and over eight hundred children in home based services. It is a totally remarkable feat accomplished with Hashem’s help and guidance".

The primary goal of this event was to educate legislators about the urgency of autism care and research, raise support and awareness, and share ideas about working toward combating autism through effective public policy and legislation. In addition, communal leaders, civic and religious leaders, community philanthropists, and elected officials, attended to pay tribute to several outstanding public officials and community leaders for their dedication in furthering the mission of Shema Kolainu.

US Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand served as Honorary Chairs of the Breakfast. John A. Catsimatidis, Chairman & CEO of the Red Apple Group, Inc. delivered greetings. Breakfast chairs were State Senators Kevin Parker and Diane Savino, both stalwart supporters of Shema Kolainu. Menachem Lubinsky, the dynamic President and CEO of Lubicom Marketing Consulting, served as Master of Ceremonies. This event was generously sponsored by Gristedes and coordinated by The Friedlander Group.

Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices expressed their gratitude to several honorees. NYS Senate Chair on Mental Disabilities Shirley Huntley received the Legislative Leadership Award, for her commitment to the cause and ideals of Shema Kolainu and her tireless efforts to create and pass legislation helpful to the needs of our community. NYC Council Finance Chair David Weprin received the Autism Leadership Award for his diligent efforts in sponsoring the Autism Initiative which funds various organizations committed to autism care and education. A special surprise award was presented to Breakfast Master of Ceremonies Menachem Lubinsky by Shema Kolainu Board Member Milton Weinstock in appreciation for his invaluable contributions to the success of the yearly legislative breakfast.

Other public officials received awards in grateful recognition of their commitment to Shema Kolainu and the families and children it serves throughout the year: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Martkowitz, Brooklyn Leadership Award; Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler, City Leadership Award; Fred Kreizman, Assistant Commissioner, Mayor’s Community Affairs, Shema Kolainu Hakaros HaTov Award; Elana Broitman, Senior Advisor, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Public Service Award; Robert Gottheim, District Director, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Community Appreciation Award.

Shema Kolainu, founded by the trailblazing Joshua Weinstein, opened in 1998, headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, is a non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of children with autism in the five boroughs of New York. Renowned for their unique and pioneering approach based on the science of Applied Behavior Analysis, they offer education and other services in the field of autism care. Statistics confirm that autism has risen by epidemic proportions. Vital and urgent expenses for care, education and resources are staggering. Shema Kolainu hopes to build awareness and support to allow more children and families to benefit from the school’s valuable and essential services and programs.


Shema Kolainu celebrates their 6th Annual Autism Awareness Day!  

Shema Kolainu celebrates their 6th Annual Autism Awareness Day!

June 18, 2009 marked the 6th annual Autism Awareness Day celebrated by Hear Our Voices. This date is very special for our children, and our community as it recognizes the great accomplishments made by everyone at Shema Kolainu.

Click here to see a few photos from our 6th annual Autism Awareness Day!


Eric Hollander, M.D. visited Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices On Wednesday, June 17th, Eric Hollander, M.D. visited Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices (SK) and was greeted by the students in each of the classrooms. He received a warm welcome by our students with many smiles and handshakes.

Dr. Hollander was recently appointed as Chair of the Advisory Board for Icare4autism’s international Autism International Center for Autism Research and Education, Inc. (Icare4autism). He will also speak and chair a symposium at the ICARE4autism conference in Israel, which is being held Feb. 17-19 at the ICC. Over 40 leading medical and educational researchers in autism will assemble in Jerusalem to discuss Autism: A Global issue.

One of the many goals of Icare4autism's International mission is to assist young adults with autism. Dr Hollander will be heading this endeavor and help make this a reality worldwide. This will become a model program that will address both the clinical and educational side of vocational training for young adults with autism and include such things as social skills training, treatment for co-morbid conditions, sports activities, and mentoring. He will also lead various research programs at SK's school and center.

Dr. Hollander is currently a research psychiatrist at Montefiore Medical Center University Hospital of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He is also the former Esther and Joseph Klingenstein Professor and Chair of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Director of the Seaver and Greater New York Autism Center of Excellence.

Eric Hollander, M.D. visited Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices   Eric Hollander, M.D. visited Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices
Autism Awareness Press Conference

Shema Kolainu Joins Councilman David Weprin and other Advocates to Call for Continuation of Autism Initiative

May 27, 2009 Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices joins city officials, autism advocates and parents on the steps of City Hall to raise awareness regarding the City Council’s 1 in 150 Autism Services Initiative.

Among those in attendance were Councilman David Weprin and Councilman Oliver Keppel as well as Managing Director Ronald Solloway and Deputy Managing Director Anita Altman of the Department of Government Relations & External Affairs for UJA Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, Inc. and representatives of the Friedlander Group, Ezra Friedlander and Simcha Eichenstein.

Last year the council allotted $1.575 million to support wraparound services for children on the autism spectrum, providing training and referrals for about 8,000 families. Services include after-school programs, weekend respite, sports leagues, parent and teacher training, bilingual services, a crisis-intervention program, kids clubs, autism workshops, and outreach and awareness activities.

"The next month is crucial for deciding the funding for these services,” said Council Member David Weprin. “Please write your council member and tell him how important these funds are.”
One parent recounted her family’s struggle for funding for her son with autism and agreed with Councilman Weprin’s call to action. “Watching my son Jake play soccer is such a rewarding experience. There is no other place in our community for him other than these [Autism Services Initiative] funded programs.”

More than 75 representatives from a variety of organizations attended, including Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices, UJA-Federation of New York, QSAC (Quality Services for the Autism Community), Lifespire, Samuel Field Y, Ramapo for Children, Resources for Children with Special Needs, New York Families for Autistic Children, Sinergia, YAI/NIPD Network, F.E.G.S. Health and Human Services System, Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, Mosholu-Montefiore Community Center, The Shield Institute, , Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach, The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, Ohel Children's Home & Family Services, NYS AHRC, Imagine Academy for Autism, and Association of Metroarea Autistic Children.

Pictured from left to right: Gili Rechany, Educational Director at SKHOV; Ezra Friedlander, Friedlander Group; Councilman David Weprin; and Suri Gruen, Program Director at SKHOV

Autism Awareness Press Conference

Councilman David Weprin speaks to the crowd.

Autism Awareness Press Conference

The crowd gathers on the steps of New York City Hall.

Autism Awareness Press Conference

Shema Kolainu's Annual Legislative Luncheon

On March 25, 2009, the staff at Shema Kolainu went to Albany to raise awareness among our lawmakers and advocate the need for continued funding for children with autism. Many legislators attended the luncheon and learned all about Shema Kolainu and how they can help children with autism by voting to support funding for children with autism.

Shema Kolainu's Annual Legislative LuncheonShema Kolainu's Annual Legislative Luncheon
Shema Kolainu's Annual Legislative LuncheonShema Kolainu's Annual Legislative Luncheon

Shema Kolainu's 5th Annual Legislative Breakfast
August 5, 2008
Shema Kolainu celebrated its 6th Annual Legislative Breakfast at The Renaissance Ballroom in Brooklyn.

Proudly sponsored by Gristede's, Shema Kolainu—Hear Our Voices' breakfast was graced with the presence of many honorable elected officials, community philanthropists, and religious leaders, all paying tribute to the dedication and persistence of public officials and other community leaders. Hear Our Voices is one step further towards empowering the lives of children and their families struggling with autism.

Shema Kolainu- Hear Our Voices also celebrated their 10 Year Anniversary at The Renaissance Ballroom.

SAVE THE DATE! Our next annual Legislative Breakfast will be on July 28, 2009

Shema Kolainu's 5th Annual Legislative Breakfast

Shema Kolainu celebrates their 5th Annual Autism Awareness Day!

June 19, 2008, marked the 5th annual Autism Awareness Day celebrated by Hear Our Voices. This date is very special for our children, and our community as it recognizes the great accomplishments made by everyone at Shema Kolainu.

Click here to see a few photos from our 5th annual Autism Awareness Day!

Shema Kolainu celebrates their 5th Annual Autism Awareness Day

Shema Kolainu's Founder Joins Councilman David Weprin and other Advocates to Call for Continuation of Autism Initiative

Shema Kolainu's Founder Joins Councilman David Weprin and other Advocates to Call for Continuation of Autism Initiative

June 19, 2008 marked the fifth annual Autism Awareness Day celebrated by Hear Our Voices. This date is very special for our children, and our community as it recognizes the great accomplishments made by everyone at Shema Kolainu.

Thanks to the City Council’s 1 in 150 Autism Services Initiative, $1.575 million is being used in the current fiscal year to support wraparound services for children on the higher-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, providing training and referrals for about 8,000 families. Some of the services offered by providers in the initiative include after-school programs, weekend respite, a basketball league, holiday activities, parent and teacher training, bilingual services, a crisis-intervention program, kids clubs, autism workshops, and outreach and awareness activities.

"With this initiative, the Council has filled an important gap in services for autistic children and their families," said Council Member David Weprin. "While we cannot offer autistic children and their families a cure for the disorder, with this initiative, we can ensure that they can enjoy a better quality of life by providing them with year-round services that support their educational and social needs."

"As a parent of an autistic child, I know that every day is a race against time to receive the services that can shape the rest of your child’s life," said Council Member Hiram Monserrate. "I am proud to stand here today to call for the city to continue to fund a progressive and comprehensive program that delivers services to parents and children in their own neighborhoods."

More than 50 representatives from a variety of organizations attended, including Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices, UJA-Federation of New York, QSAC (Quality Services for the Autism Community), Lifespire, Samuel Field Y, Ramapo for Children, Resources for Children with Special Needs, New York Families for Autistic Children, Sinergia, YAI/NIPD Network, F.E.G.S. Health and Human Services System, Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, Mosholu-Montefiore Community Center, The Shield Institute, , Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach, The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, Ohel Children's Home & Family Services, NYS AHRC, Imagine Academy for Autism, , Eden II School for Autistic Children, and Association of Metroarea Autistic Children.

SAVE THE DATE! Our next rally on the steps of City Hall will be on June 10, 2009! Many other autism organizations will be there to let the council members and elected officials know that autism funding is vital and necessary and should be included in the upcoming budget!

Shema Kolainu is given a Jewish Heritage Award
Presented by
Marty Markowitz,
Brooklyn Borough President
April 30, 2008

Shema Kolainu—Hear Our Voices was awarded the Jewish Heritage Award for the work that the school and center does for the community serving children with autism in all 5 boroughs of New York City.

Shema Kolainu is given a Jewish Heritage Award Presented by Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President

Albany Legislative Luncheon
March 4, 2008

The staff at Shema Kolainu went to Albany to raise awareness among our lawmakers and advocate the need for continued funding for children with autism. Many legislators attended the luncheon and learned all about Shema Kolainu and how they can help children with autism by voting to support funding for children with autism.

Albany Legislative Luncheon, March 4, 2008Albany Legislative Luncheon, March 4, 2008
 

Uncle Moishy visits Shema Kolainu!

The children at Shema Kolainu were overjoyed when singer Uncle Moishy paid them a visit!

Being compared to Mister Rogers and Captain Kangaroo, Uncle Moishy is role model influence to young children of the Jewish culture. Singing about adhering to Jewish Law, Uncle Moishy influences younger children with songs of well being and good intentions.

Uncle Moishy visits Shema Kolainu

Autism Awareness Day!

June 21, 2007, marked the 4th annual Autism Awareness Day by Hear Our Voices. This special date is also an acknowledgement for the students that either graduate at Shema Kolainu, and for those that progress into their following year.

On this day made for celebration, the progress made throughout the year by our students is rewarded with a festival of carnival rides, face-painting, games, and snacks. The success of Shema Kolainu is also celebrated on this day by local politicians and community leaders who come take part in the festivities with our children.

Click here to see a few photos from our 4th annual Autism Awareness Day!

Shema Kolainu Autism Awareness Day

Legislative Lunch at AlbanyLegislative Lunch at Albany

On June 19, 2007, over fifty New York legislators, community leaders, and policy makers met to discuss state laws that would better serve children with autism and their families.

At the forefront of this meeting was Joshua Weinstein, founder of Shema Kolainu—Hear Our Voices and iCARE4autism.

iCare4autism is a nonprofit research organization that dedicates itself to raising awareness for ASD. Autism is an epidemic that we face more and more everyday as a nation. iCare works hard to raise funds that will better support education and research for children with autism and their families. To learn more, visit their website at http://www.icare4autism.org.

Legislative Lunch at Albany
 
Shema Kolainu's 5th Annual Legislative Breakfast

Shema Kolainu's 5th Annual Legislative Breakfast

July 17, 2007—Senator Kevin S. Parker accepted Hear Our Voices Legislative Leadership Award. One primary goal of this event was to educate our legislators about the urgency of autism care.

Proudly sponsored by Affinity Health Plan, Hear Our Voices' breakfast was graced with the presence of many honorable elected officials, community philanthropists, and religious leaders. With all paying tribute to the dedication and persistence being shown by public officials and other community leaders, Hear Our Voices was one step further in empowering the lives of children and their families struggling with autism.


Shema Kolainu—Hear Our Voices wins 2007 Outstanding Early Childhood Program Award

Shema Kolainu—Hear Our Voices wins 2007 Outstanding Early Childhood Program Award

Shema Kolainu—Hear Our Voices has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2007 Outstanding Early Childhood Program Awards granted by the New York State Education Department Office of School Improvement and Community Services. The award was accepted on Monday, January 22 by SK-HOV Associate Executive Director Suri Gruen and SK-HOV Educational Director Gili Rechany at an Awards Ceremony which took place at the Twelfth Shema Kolainu—Hear Our Voices wins 2007 Outstanding Early Childhood Program AwardAnnual Interagency Early Childhood Professional Development Institute at the Marriott Brooklyn Hotel. The theme of the Institute, Celebrating Partnerships and Promoting Standards to Support Quality and Excellence in Early Childhood Education, reflects the importance of quality early childhood education which the award celebrates.

Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices is very proud to be the recipient of this award which recognizes it as an outstanding early childhood program.


A new partner in helping children with autism!

We are happy to announce that the Rite Aid Foundation has donated $10,000 to support our art and music program here at Shema Kolainu. The Rite Aid Foundation, founded in July 2001, is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to helping people in the communities they serve. They are specifically interested in improving the lives of their customers and associates through projects that focus on health care, women and families.

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Autism Awareness Day Celebrated In Brizzi Park

Shema Kolainu marked Thursday, June 24, 2006, Autism Awareness Day as a day to celebrate our children and their accomplishments and share our joy with our community of families, friends and supporters. Following graduation ceremonies held in each classroom, everyone—children, families, teachers, friends and local legislators—met in Brizzi Park across from Shema Kolainu. The day was opened by founder Joshua Weinstein who thanked the board, staff, and guests. Food, games, pony rides, amusements, music, and festivities were enjoyed by everyone!

Mayor Bloomberg speaks at Shema Kolainu’s 3rd annual legislative breakfast in Brooklyn - Photo: Edward Reed

Shema Kolainu Legislative Breakfast

Mayor Bloomberg speaks at Shema Kolainu’s 3rd annual legislative breakfast in Brooklyn. The organization is a school and center dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of children who have been diagnosed with autism. August 09, 2005 (Photo Credit: Edward Reed)

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