Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer is an experienced Jewish educator, author and speaker. At Jewish Learning Venture, she works as Director of Whole Community Inclusion and leads disability awareness programs for the Philadelphia Jewish community. Gabby also co-leads an award-winning family education program called Celebrations! at Congregation Mishkan Shalom for children with special needs and their families. Her most recent book The Little Gate Crasher, a memoir of her Great-Uncle, who overcame society’s prejudices about dwarfism to lead a remarkable life, was one of the national book selections for 2017 Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month. She’s also written The Kitchen Classroom, a children’s cookbook designed for children of all abilities and has just released a new journal for parents on the special needs journey to help parents express their hopes, fears, challenges, and blessings. Gabby writes for and edits The New York Jewish Week’s The New Normal: Blogging Disability and is also a featured Philly parenting blogger for WHYY’s newsworks. Gabby holds a B.F.A. in theatre and creative writing from Emerson College and an M.A. in Jewish Studies from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Gabby values her amazing family: husband Fred, children George and June, and her “baby” Hank, a yellow lab—and her great circle of extended family and friends.