Our Therapeutic Approach

Knapp School and Yeshiva consists of multiple teams and support systems. Like many schools, ours is comprised of teachers, teaching assistants and ancillary staff. However, one element in our school not so commonly found in others is our Support Team. Stationed strategically throughout our school, Team members provide intensive, often one-to-one support to students daily. When students are having challenges and need time outside of the classroom, Team members are ready and waiting to assist.

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Service Projects at Firefly Teen Camp

By Sydney Glass, Camp Firefly Unit Head

One aspect of Firefly Teen Camp is the service project which gives teen campers an opportunity to mentor future campers and give back to the Camp Chi grounds. The teens love being able to work with the younger Firefly campers to make an impact on their campgrounds. 

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The Importance of Early Intervention

Early intervention is the term used to describe services and support that help babies and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities and their families. “Starting early intervention can significantly change a child’s developmental path and increase their success in school and life,” says Jennie Marble, Director of Integrated Pediatric Therapies.  

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Creating Community Through Chaplaincy

Although it’s a snowy winter Friday afternoon in Chicago, inside Bella Terra, a senior living community in Morton Grove, warm Shabbat melodies envelop Jewish residents. Twice a month they come together to welcome Shabbat with services led by conservative Cantor Fortunee Belilos and volunteer Rabbi Milt Wakschlag. 

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Daniel's Success Story

Last year, Daniel came to JVS Career & Employment looking for a new career path. With the help of our employment specialists, Daniel was connected with a job opportunity at Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), which fulfilled his interests and met his needs as a professional who is deaf.

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Donor Profile

Ben Arkes was born in Chicago in 1922. His father, Pinches, was a Ukrainian immigrant who arrived in the United States in 1910 with no resources and limited English proficiency. Ben was one of five children, and though his father was an incredibly hard-working man, the family struggled with poverty, often going without meals. His upbringing had a profound impact on Ben’s altruism later in life.

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