Francesca Lunzer Kritz

LEADER: Rabbi Guy Avihod directs the study hall, geared toward observant men with a range of disabilities.

A Beit Midrash Aims to Soothe Troubled Minds

It’s about 1:30 on a weekday afternoon, an hour before the students in the beit midrash, or study hall, will be dismissed. At a table strewn with books, notebooks and pens, young men are listening, chatting, smiling and scribbling. A tad more chaotic than a typical beit midrash, but the rabbi at the table doesn’t seem to mind. Neither does the program’s director, who is high five-ing any student in his path.