SHEMESH provides, on a community-wide basis, the educational support necessary for Jewish children with learning differences to reach their full intellectual, academic, emotional and social potential in a Jewish setting. Services are offered in each school in accordance with the school’s educational and religious policies.


SHEMESH will provide services in a Jewish setting to children with disabilities that impact learning, to educators to enhance their skills for teaching all students, to families seeking information and support and to the general community to increase awareness and acceptance of all individuals with disabilities.


We value and take pride in being a community that makes the education of each and every Jewish child a priority. We value a clear and equitable process to evaluate the needs of each child who requests special services. We value, respect and nurture the individual capabilities and learning styles of each child. We value the effort to help each child fulfill his or her potential. We value the place that every child has in the Jewish community.


SHEMSH is proud to be an agency of The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore along with 26 other agencies. We harness the strength of our agencies to form ONE network. This allows us to serve you, our community and the world better. Each of our agencies, receives a significant portion of their funding from The Associated. Each of our agencies also have access to many services provided by The Associated such as: finance, human resources, information technology, marketing, and more. This approach allows us to collectively meet the needs of today’s Jews and tomorrow’s leaders.

Supporting The Associated has direct benefit to SHEMESH and to the other agencies in our network. A donation to The Associated embodies the phrase “kol areyvim zeh b’zeh” – all Jews are responsible for one another – and makes you an important part of the collective strength of our community.

Your financial support of The Associated ensures that, together, we can create engaging educational experiences that will strengthen our Jewish future, provide critical social services to those who need a helping hand, advocate for social justice and equality for all and connect to Jews in Israel and around the world.

Every dollar you give to The Associated is used wisely to make a positive impact on our agencies like Pearlstone, on Jewish Baltimore and the world. We believe together we can make the world a better place.

Donate now to The Associated and ensure agencies like SHEMESH continue to thrive. 

You can give with confidence because The Associated has received the highest 4-star rating from Charity Navigator  for 7 years in a row. Nearly ninety cent of every dollar that you donate, goes directly to benefit our agencies, programs and services.

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Happy teacher reading a book with a student at the school


Student high fiving her teacher