Gila Vogel

I have recently retired from my position as a lecturer in the special education department at Beit Berl College in Israel. I’ve always been interested in Jewish education for youngsters with special needs. I am proud of helping to establish the Bar/Bat Mitzvah program for children with special needs of the Masorti (Conservative) Movement in Israel, and continue to serve as an academic advisor to the program. My disssertation topic was the significance of bar/bat mitzvah ceremonies for parents of children with special needs.  I am on the board of Chimes/Israel, an organization that provides services for people with special needs. In 2014, I was appointed to the religious council of Kfar Saba, and hope to make that organization more responsive to all the residents of the city. I am an active member of Hod V’Hadar (Masorti congregation) in Kfar Saba. I keep busy helping to care for my seven grandsons, and developing this website.