When my son George—who just turned 16—was diagnosed with autism at age 3, being part of Jewish community helped me through the initial shock, confusion and fear that comes to most parents when they receive any kind of diagnosis for their child. We were able to find a therapeutic preschool for George—first through Bright Horizons, which still operates at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El and then through the Sinai class at AJ.
Susan Henderson-Utis and Andrey Utis with their kids Yulia, 8 and Mark, 5.
We spoke to Susan Henderson-Utis and Andrey Utis about their favorite Jewish activities, their connection to Jewish community, and the ways jkidphilly has impacted their family.
by Tami Astorino
Editor's Note: In honor of Tu B'Shvat, the Jewish New Year of Trees, we're sharing jkidphilly mom Tami Astorino's wonderful blog that originally appeared here.