CAHAL (Communities Acting to Heighten Awareness
and Learning)is a program of self-contained classes for children with various learning challenges from Kindergarten through High School.
CAHAL is a partnership, serving students in twelve yeshivas in the 5-Towns, Far Rockaway, West Hempstead, Queens and greater Nassau County. Each school has children that require a program like CAHAL, yet most do not have enough students on the same grade level to open a class, nor the funding to provide related support services or professional guidance. Only through the yeshivas’ joint efforts and CAHAL’s outstanding system of classes and services do the children with learning challenges have a school to call their own. As a consortium, decision-making is a joint process, with the involvement of principals and lay leaders from each school. In a beautiful display of unity, meetings and continuous discussions are held each year to discuss the needs of CAHAL and the children in the community.
CAHAL classes are in the local yeshivas. This way, the children are not isolated in a separate school, but are in the same school as their friends, neighbors and siblings. Their classroom is adjacent to all the other rooms, and outwardly looks the same. There is no sign on the door that says "CAHAL." CAHAL students and mainstream students jointly participate in all non-academic activities such as class trips, gym, recess, lunch, plays, art, music, and science fairs. The children, therefore, feel like students of the host school rather than students of CAHAL.
The goal of the program is to mainstream the children back into regular classes at their home school. As the children develop their learning and social skills, CAHAL will mainstream them into the regular classes. The fact that CAHAL classes are located in the local yeshivas rather than in a separate school helps to facilitate and streamline the mainstreaming process. There are no travel or transportation issues to delay or impede this process. Many children are mainstreamed for one or more periods a day.
At CAHAL, the small classes, highly individualized attention (4 to 1 student to teacher ratio) and uniquely designed programs encourage and foster the children’s success, preparing them for advanced studies and adulthood.
- Founded in 1992.
- 12 participating
- Kindergarten through 12th grade
- Over 100 students
- 50 staff members (teachers, support staff,
- Counseling support
- Integration of speech, occupational and
physical therapy within the classroom
- Tuition Assistance available for those
TWELVE CAHAL CLASSES
believe it!" says
Dr. Norman N. Blumenthal, founder
and Chairman of the Board of
Education of CAHAL. "When
we began our first class in
1992, it was a miracle. Today, with
12 self-contained classes, we
are among the largest programs for children with learning differences in the nation."
have always been a most unique
Dr. Blumenthal. "CAHAL
unites twelve schools from
the spectrum. Don’t
kid yourself - this is an
unprecedented feat. In today’s
age of divisiveness and
factions, we can all be
of the schools in our community
that work together closely
and faithfully for the benefit
of our children."
CAHAL schools include Bais Yaakov Ateres Miriam, Bnos Bais Yaakov, Shulamith, Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns & Rockaway, Hebrew Academy of Long Beach, Hebrew Academy of Nassau County, Mesivta Ateres Yaakov, Siach Yitzchak, Torah Academy for Girls, Yeshiva Darchei Torah, Yeshiva Ketana of Long Island and Yeshiva of South Shore.
CAHAL would not endure were it not for the harmony
and unity that exists among these schools. There is
nothing more beautiful or inspiring than seeing the
principals and board members from all the schools
meet to discuss ways to help our neighborhood children. Differences in hashkafa
are pushed aside for the common good of the community.
CAHAL is the Jewish people at their best.
its 24th year of service to
the Jewish community, CAHAL
has become a nationally acclaimed
program, winning the admiration
of educators throughout the
United States. Yet CAHAL remains
a local, community-based organization,
serving the needs of its neighborhood
children. The progress that
has been made with learning-challenged
children who live in our community
can make us all proud.
CAHAL. A shining star in our community. A bright
future for our children.
LOCATIONS 2016 - 17
Academy of Nassau County
609 Hempstead Avenue, West Hempstead, N.Y. 11552
Rabbi Yaakov Sadigh, Principal
Mrs. Barbara Deutsch, Assistant Principal
|Grade 1 boys
Yeshiva Ketana of Long Island
321 Doughty Blvd, Inwood, N.Y. 11096
Rabbi Tzvi Krigsman, Menahel
Mrs. Larissa Steele, General Studies Principal
|Grade 2-3 boys
Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway
33 Washington Avenue, Lawrence, N.Y. 11559
Ms. Joy Hammer, Principal
Rabbi Dovid Kupchik, Director Judaic Studies
|Grade 2-3 girls
Bais Yaakov Ateres Miriam
12-14 Heyson Road, Far Rockaway, N.Y. 11691
Rabbi Nosson Neuman, Menahel
Mrs. Leah Zytman, Principal
|Grade 4-5 boys
Yeshiva of South Shore
1170 William Street, Hewlett, N.Y. 11557
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky, Rosh HaYeshiva
Rabbi Chanina Herzberg, Menahel
Rabbi Avraham Fridman, Associate Principal
|Grade 4 girls
Torah Academy for Girls
444 Beach 6th Street, Far Rockaway, N.Y. 11691
Rabbi Meyer Weitman, Associate Dean
Mrs. Sarah Drillman, Hebrew Principal
Mrs. Temima Feldman, General Studies Principal
|Grade 5-6 boys
||Yeshiva Darchei Torah
257 Beach 17th Street, Far Rockaway, N.Y. 11691
Rabbi Yaakov Bender, Rosh HaYeshiva
Rabbi Shmuel Strickman, Elementary School Menahel
Rabbi Dovid Morgenstern, Elementary School Menahel
Mrs. Ariella Kellman, Elementary General Studies Principal
|Grade 6-7 Girls
||Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway
33 Washington Avenue, Lawrence, NY 11559
|Grade 7-8 boys
Yeshiva of South Shore
1170 William Street, Hewlett, N.Y. 11557
9-12 boys MAYER Program
Ateres Yaakov- Inclusion Program
131 Washington Avenue, Lawrence, N.Y. 11559
Rabbi, Dr. Mordechai Yaffe, Menahel
Rabbi Sam Rudansky, General Studies Principal
* This kindergarten class incorporates
a comprehensive sensory integration program.
It is the only such Jewish program
for this age group in the entire New York area.
OTHER PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS
• Bnos Bais Yaakov
• Shulamith School for Girls
• Hebrew Academy of Long Beach
• Siach Yitzchak