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In news just out of the Slingshot Fund’s New York offices: Gateways: Access to Jewish Education has been named as one of the nation’s 50 most innovative Jewish nonprofits in Slingshot ’11-‘12, a resource guide to the most creative and resourceful organizations on the Jewish scene today.

What’s more, Gateways is one of only a small number of organizations dedicated to inclusion of people with disabilities to ever be listed in Slingshot’s resource guide. Gateways is dedicated to the proposition that every child deserves access to a Jewish education and has created a comprehensive regional model to deliver innovative and inclusive Jewish educational programs and supports in multiple settings  for students with a wide range of learning styles.

Slingshot, which is run by a team of “Next Gen” Jewish funders, puts out its resource guide annually. It’s increasingly used by philanthropists, volunteers, not-for-profit executives and program participants to identify thought leaders and trailblazing organizations grappling with concerns in Jewish life such as identity, community, and tradition. Gateways was chosen for the fifth consecutive year by a panel of 36 young foundation professionals from across North America.

“All of us here at Gateways are delighted by Slingshot’s continuing support of everything Gateways is doing to include all of our children and all of our families in Jewish life, the Jewish community and the Jewish future,” says Gateways Executive Director Arlene Remz. “And since Slingshot expresses the vision and commitment of the visionary young philanthropists who form the core of tomorrow’s Jewish communal leaders, we consider their continued vote of confidence to be a healthy sign for the future of both Gateways and the children with a wide range of learning needs whom we are privileged to serve.”

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