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Metzuyan Academy ESE has been an invaluable resource to many children who have various exceptionalities. Encouraged by community leaders Dr. Alan Jacob and Mr. Isaac Kasztl among others, Rabbi Peretz Goldenberg MS and Mr. Jack Lockspeiser MBA, opened Metzuyan in August 2013.

The school is certified by the FLDOE as a K-12 school to help parents for whom public schools and private school resource rooms are not a viable option. These students need a comprehensive answer to their many challenges.

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Rabbi Goldenberg, who has been working as a teacher and principal for many years, brings his training and experience in special education to create the most effective program for students to succeed. His philosophy is that all students can overcome challenges and accomplish tremendous things, despite obstacles and labels.

Rabbi Goldenberg is a strong advocate of Neurofeedback, a safe, medication-free and non-invasive alternative for addressing learning and behavior challenges. “Many people ask me if I’m against medication,” he says. “The truth is more about when is medication necessary and whether we can conquer dependence with proper treatment and training.”

Metzuyan joins together with a high school for mainstream students run by Rabbi Avrohom Yachnes, noted author, speaker, and educator. Both populations benefit. Special needs students have role models to emulate. The high school students thrive with the opportunity to set the right example and help others as they earn their accredited diploma.

While the cost per student is higher than mainstream schools, Metzuyan Academy ESE is a priceless educational opportunity for children with special needs in South Florida.

Metzuyan, located at 2751 Van Buren St. in Hollywood, offers free special education consulting to the entire Jewish community. For more information or for a free consultation call 786-520-6389 or e-mail pgoldenb@gmail.com.

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Shelley Benveniste is South Florida editor of The Jewish Press.