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My Experience in the Bnei Mitzvah Program

My name is Elka Green & I am in the Bnei Mitzvah program. Every Sunday we go to the bakery or the cafe. We first talk about the Sunflower Bakery and what they do. We once spoke about our 5 senses and how important they are. We put gloves on with some of our fingers… Read More

Our very loyal customers from NIH

Our very loyal customers from NIH

When Michael was asked to describe our NIH patrons from next door, he answered succinctly “loyal customers.” Loyal customers they are indeed. Two years ago, William Barker, who the group calls Bill or “the Chief,” had heard that there was a café in the new Jewish Federation Building. There was only one problem, he didn’t… Read More

An inspiring message to our graduates

An inspiring message to our graduates

Steve Rakitt, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, honored us June 8 at our Annual Appreciation and Graduation Event with a beautiful message to our graduates. Steve has been an inspirational Sunflower Bakery advocate and has had a significant impact on expanding the leadership role of the Jewish community in providing greater access… Read More

The Benefits of Baking

The Benefits of Baking

At Sunflower Bakery, we know firsthand about the many benefits of baking which is why we are so focused on equipping young adults with skills for successful employment in baking and related food industries. A wonderful example is Steven Eig, a 2012 graduate of Sunflower who, as a part of his training, interned and was… Read More

11 Fast, Fun Facts About Purim You Didn’t Know

11 Fast, Fun Facts About Purim You Didn’t Know

Purim is right around the corner. It’s the story of the celebration of Queen Esther of Persia. Many know the story as it is recounted in the Megillah, also known as the Book of Esther in the Bible. But there are lots of fun, interesting facts about Purim, you might not know. Here are 11 Fast,… Read More

At Sunflower Bakery, February is not just for Valentines

February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), uniting Jewish communities worldwide to help foster more inclusive Jewish communities that emphasize the value, dignity and capabilities of each and every individual. Originally founded as a national effort in 2009 by the Jewish Special Education International Consortium, the Greater Washington Jewish Community was among the… Read More

Dillon’s Story – From Learning Struggles and Depression to Making Dreams Come True

Dillon’s Story – From Learning Struggles and Depression to Making Dreams Come True

Dillon’s depression started when he was in high school. He remembers getting picked on, feeling left out and having no friends. His ADHD and learning challenges were all too familiar. For a long time, “There were days I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it”, Dillon remembers. But he did. In fact, these… Read More

How Sunflower Bakery Helps People with Learning Disabilities Get Jobs

How Sunflower Bakery Helps People with Learning Disabilities Get Jobs

According to the Montgomery County Commission on People with Disabilities Annual Report 2016, 70% of young adults with disabilities ages 17-34 have cognitive disabilities and 55% of Montgomery County Public School students with disabilities ages 3-21 are students with autism, a specific learning disability or speech/language impairment. As you can imagine, if you’re a young adult with a… Read More

Meet a Very Special Sunflower Bakery Patron

An Interview with Carol Trawick of the Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation “G-d wanted Sunflower Bakery to happen,” Carol Trawick announced as she sat down to speak with me in Café Sunflower. She explained, “The Jim & Carol Trawick Foundation was already funding Sunflower Bakery at the time, and we had already fallen in love… Read More