The Miracle Project

Developing inclusive Jewish programming and leadership training for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, and all abilities using Jewish music, dance, folk tales, and tradition 

Through its inclusive Jewish programming and leadership training, The Miracle Project provides breakthroughs that allow individuals with autism and other disabilities to express themselves in ways they previously hadn’t been able to. It’s one of the most aptly named organizations around. As the only fully inclusive Jewish-themed theater, it’s building a Jewish community based on appreciating strengths, giving participants a place to shine. TMP brings out the often-unheard voices of individuals with and without disabilities through groundbreaking theater and expressive arts programs. TMP promotes inclusion and belonging by having typically developing participants mix with those with disabilities, getting rid of the isolation that occurs when programs are segregated. Together they create and perform original musicals, host services, and express themselves in ways that change how the world perceives disability. 

To help clergy and Jewish educators looking to be more inclusive of congregants with disabilities, TMP partners with five synagogues in Los Angeles to produce Shabbat services co-led by young adults with disabilities, including severe autism—nonverbal and verbal. This opportunity increases participants’ confidence and connection to their synagogue, showing the congregation what they can do instead of what they can’t. TMP brought its successful model to another Jewish population this past year and, together with a nearby Jewish drug and alcohol rehab center, created a program for recovering addicts to volunteer with young adults with disabilities, gain self-worth, and become leaders in their community. This synergistic relationship creates incredible bonds, especially when the groups host services together. From getting participants on the bimah to writing original songs about bullying, TMP provides opportunities for everyone to learn, grow, and be part of a diverse Jewish experience. It’s impossible not to sing the praises of an organization doing such great work. 

  • Region

    California
  • Population Served

    20s & 30s Children College Students Disabilities Educators Jewish Professionals Teens
  • Program Area(s)

    Arts & Culture Community Building Disabilities Jewish Education Leadership Development
  • Life Cycle Stage

    Mezzanine
  • Contact

    Elaine G. F. Hall
  • Email

    elaine@themiracleproject.org
  • Phone

    310-625-3139
  • Website

    themiracleproject.org
  • Twitter

    @themiracleproject
  • Address

    9301 Wilshire Boulevard #507 Beverly Hills, CA 90210
  • founded

    2011
  • board chair

    Tom Cajka
  • 2017 expenses

    $250,000
  • project of

    Project Miracle
  • parent org founded

    2011

Featured in 2 Slingshot Guides

  • '18

  • '17 L.A. Edition