Bonim Lamokom is a special school for special children. Billed as the Jewish Center for Children with Down Syndrome, this Brooklyn, NYC school has a purpose.
The school was started in 2001 to fill a special need. Founders looked around and saw several schools for children with Down Syndrome, but what was missing was a school for children with DS that would give instruction in Jewish texts and culture. Bonim Lamokom is a special yeshiva for children with Down Syndrome.
Another thing that makes Yeshiva Bonim Lamokom unique is that is a school for boys, the traditional definition of a yeshiva. Students receive instruction in Judaism, which they don’t get in public and secular schools.
But it’s more than just a training center for Jewish boys. Academics are also stressed and therapies for Down Syndrome children are also used and administered by licensed therapists.
Boys are provided a well-rounded education in math, spelling, writing, and other necessary subjects. The school also teaches functional skills to children with Down Syndrome including job training, daily living, and socialization. Bonim Lamokom teaches vocational skills that will help the boys find and hold a steady job once they graduate.
A computer lab has been donated to the school for use in the curriculum. Its state-of-the-art computers allow Bonim Lamokom to provide boys with the latest technological training.