Noah Pawliger is the co-founder and director of Camp Living Wonders, a special-needs Jewish summer camp he started and runs with his wife, Chanie. As a member of Chabad and the Friendship Circle, he has assisted many youths with special needs outside the camp and led a Birthright Israel group featuring people with disabilities. He hopes to launch a program in the fall that would employ adults with special needs.
“There are many avenues to inclusion, and I hope the community embraces a more individualized approach and becomes even more inclusive of individuals with disabilities,” Pawliger said.
Before Camp Living Wonders, he co-founded and co-directed the Friendship Circle in Atlanta to support families with special needs. He and his wife and their three children live in East Cobb, where they remain deeply involved in the Jewish community.
“Atlanta has a ton of heart and is a big Jewish camp and Birthright town with potential for young Jews to tap into their energy, innovation, idealism and strengths to boost our community,” Pawliger said. “I hope to see a new wave of involvement in Jewish education, not from the school perspective per se, but where every family makes a point of learning and sharing together.”