Jean Judes, former CEO of the renowned Beit Izzie Shapiro non-profit organization, shared her experiences and insights with a number of Society for Advancement of Education (SAE) academic leaders and students on Thursday, June 25th.
Beit Izzie Shapiro develops and provides services for people with disabilities and has played a leading role in promoting the inclusion of people with special needs in Israeli society.
Over the past 35 years the organization has grown from serving 16 children with disabilities to impacting 30,000 people every year. Not only does Beit Issie Shapiro help train thousands of therapists in Israel in its new therapies, it also conducts research and shares best practice internationally.
Ms. Judes lead Beit Izzie Shapiro for 16 years, during which the group won the Midot Award for being the most effective non-profit in Israel and was awarded Special Consultative Status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
Ms. Judes visited new cutting-edge SAE programs that are focused on marginalized segments of Israeli society.
At Shoshanim Science and Arts High School for Haredi Girls she met with founder and director Vered Bachar, the educational staff and students.
At Inbar Leadership School for Girls, like Shoshanim the first of its kind in Israel, Ms. Judes talked with both Inbar founder Hadas Reis and principal Miriam Leibowitz-Assaraf..
Later in the day, Ms. Judes met Yael Boim-Fein, director of the SAE’s Israeli Institute for Gender Equality in Education, and Rabbi Bezalel Cohen, founder of the Hachmey Lev Yeshiva who presented SAE’s new initiative — Anshey Chayil – the Beit Midrash for Torah Leadership.