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Finding Focus in the Unexpected

by Julia Kaback, Churchill School Alumni

Featured on the National Center for Learning Disabilities website.


When I was a kid, I grew to dislike Monday evenings because I detested going to Hebrew School. Hebrew School was an afterschool activity on both Mondays and Wednesdays in which I studied the Hebrew language, Jewish culture, and the history of Judaism. I spent over seven years at Hebrew School to prepare for my Bat Mitzvah, which is the religious ceremony that marked my religious transition from childhood to young adulthood. In recent years, I’ve started to understand that my reasons for disliking Hebrew School were simple: I had trouble focusing for a long period of time. I found it difficult to learn a new language. And I lacked the social skills needed to form meaningful, long-lasting friendships. 


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