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“This time I found all doors open to me; I witnessed tremendous siyata dSshmaya from the minute I landed.”

The Tishma School gained momentum and opened its doors in the Mekor Baruch neighborhood of Jerusalem in 2001. Dr. Weinstein divides his time between New York and Israel.

“Dr. Greer located the staff I needed – students of his living in Israel and Baruch Hashem we’re up and running.

“There are always the financial issues, but I keep in mind the words of the Nefesh HaChaim – Ein od bilvado – there is nothing but Him, and somehow we manage.

“Recently the bank tightened its belt and would not extend much-needed credit line. I invited the manager to come see the school. He loved what he saw and promised to do all in his power to help.

“You know, in a job like mine you just can’t help but believe…”

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The International Center for Autism Research & Education, ICare4Autism, Inc. is holding the International Autism Conference title Autism: A Global Perspective on August 1st and 2nd of 2012 in Jerusalem, Israel. There will be 50 speakers from 11 different countries. On July 31st, 2012 there will be an all day workshop with James W. Partington, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Director of Behavior Analysts, Inc., and author of the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills-Revised (ABLLS-R). For more information visit www.ICare4Autism.org

About the Author: Sarah Pachter lives in Israel and writes for a number of publications. She is the author of the book "Supermom? (Who? Me?)"


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