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Devorah Lieberman

About Devorah Lieberman

Devorah Lieberman was born in Valley Stream, Long Island in 1984. After graduating from high school in 2006, she attended an Orthodox Jewish girls’ seminar in Jerusalem for two years before working in a nursery school and kindergarten class as a teacher’s assistant for five years. Every summer from the time she was 13-22 years old, Devorah was a camper in a Yachad bunk at Camp Morasha. She has been in the work program performing several different jobs at camp every summer since then. In June 2010 she moved into an Ohel group home in Brooklyn, NY. Devorah currently works in the Yachad office in New York part of the week and for the Foundation for Jewish Camp the other part of the week. She enjoys both jobs and says that she and her family are very proud of everything she has, and continues to, accomplish.

Reflections by a Camper with Down Syndrome

This post is part of our series dedicated to Jewish Disability Awareness Month.

0441_130813-FJC_x_xIn the fall of 2013, the Foundation for Jewish Camp was matched with Devorah Lieberman, a young woman with Down Syndrome, through The Yachad/NJCD Vocational Services program.  We are thrilled and excited to have Devorah working here.  She has quickly become an asset to our organization and a part of our family. 

At FJC we are committed to ensuring that everyone in our community has the opportunity to participate in Jewish life.  We look forward to a bright future with Devorah as a colleague and enabling far more young Jews to participate in Jewish life including Jewish camp.

We wanted Devorah to have a voice in this series, so I’m pleased to share the piece she wrote below with you.

 – Abby Knopp, Vice President, Program and Strategy at Foundation for Jewish Camp

Here at the Foundation for Jewish Camp I file and alphabetize charts and checks, I stuff envelopes and I stamp envelopes using a machine. What I love about working at FJC is seeing different co-workers and talking to them at lunch. I have a really nice job coach that helps me do my job correctly, makes sure I understand what I am doing and that I am focused. I think it is important for me to work because I am mature, capable, responsible and efficient. I like that work keeps me busy and allows me to interact with other people. I am happy I work here and I think FJC is an important organization because I think camp is important. I have been going to Camp Morasha since I was 16 years old and have really enjoyed it. I was a camper for 4 years and a staff for 9 years. I really enjoy going to camp every summer. As a camper, I enjoyed doing activities like swimming, climbing walls and baking.  As a staff member, I enjoyed working in the baking room because I could eat the stuff that I make, the art room because I am an artist like my sister and I love doing the art projects and I enjoyed working in the office doing data entry. This summer I am starting a new camp called Camp Mesorah with Yachad and I am very excited and looking forward to going.

Posted on February 21, 2014

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