Community Based Organizations

Here are some samples of how the PEARLS Project has been utilized at community-based level:

  • With the generous support of the Oppenheimer-Haas Foundation, the PEARLS Project was utilized in 5 Hebrew Schools/Jewish Day Schools in the New York are during 2013-2014.  Educational discourse and curriculum materials, revolving around values as well as tolerance, were created to then  be shared with Hebrew Schools/Jewish Day Schools around the country and beyond.

These Units of Study, Lesson Plans and Activity Ideas to utilize in your own classroom will soon be posted — so stay tuned! Learn how Westchester Jewish Center, Weschester Reform Temple as well as New York City’s Congregation Habonim and B’nai Jeshurun incorporated the PEARLS Project in their study of b’tzelem elohim. Discover how middle schoolers at the Westchester Day School in Mamaroneck, NY utilized the PEARLS Project to enhance their exploration and understanding of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder and Rodman Philbrick’s Freak the Mighty.

  • With the generous support from the Oppenheimer-Haas foundation, 10 Jewish Community Centers in the New York Metropolitan area recruited over 80 young people living with a variety of genetic, cognitive, physical and behavioral difference to serve as PEARLS Ambassadors during Winter-Spring 2012.  Each site then partnered with an audience to read/view the blogs whether high school or teen program, resulting in culminating projects. Photo shoots occurred at all 10 sites resulting in a traveling photo exhibition in Fall 2012 that was on display at the UJA – Federation of New York and the JCC Manhattan/Reelabilities Film Festival.  The exhibition continues to circulate.
  • The PEARLS Project was utilized by Parents Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) to bring additional insight to Occupational and Physical Therapists working with boys/young men living with Muscular Dystrophy Duchenne.  The hope was to introduce another level of humanity by having their mothers serve as PEARLS Ambassadors by blogging about life from their perspectives.  Physical and Occupational therapists were then provided with the opportunity to read the blogs and ask questions of the mothers.  For this project, mothers and their sons were photographed as well videoed resulting in both the online PEARLS Project platform as well as a photographic exhibition at the PPMD Conference in summer 2012.

If you are interested in potentially having your community based organization engage in a PEARLS Project, please contact to discuss how this might be made possible.