The Friendship Circle provides social, recreational and Judaic experiences for children and teenagers with special needs and their families, with the assistance of teen volunteers.
Every week pairs of teenage volunteers visit participating children in their homes, offering friendship and sharing activities. These teens are specially trained for their valuable role as friend and mentor. While your child is happily learning and being entertained, you will enjoy a regular respite. These visits can be arranged to accommodate a wide variety of schedules.
Teen Chavurah is a unique group experience designed to strengthen Jewish identity and values. It is a small group of peers between 6th-8th grade, facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker to ensure personal attention and a positive experience. For more information click here
Club JCC provides appropriate social and recreational programs for children, teens and adults with various disabilities. The program is based on the premise that all individuals should be provided with programming geared to meet their needs. The Club JCC staff continually looks for creative and innovative ways to serve its members. Programs are staffed by professionals in the area of special education (most instructors have advanced degrees in special education, psychology or social work).
The WAE (Wellness, Arts and Enrichment) Center provides daily programming for adults with developmental disabilities based on the belief that learning, spirituality, and creativity are a lifelong journey.
Congregation Beth Israel of Scotch Plains, Temple Sholom of Scotch Plains and Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim of Cranford have joined together to create a new Jewish youth group, Kids Connect, for children with autism spectrum disorders.
Kids Connect is designed for students in grades five through ten (10-15 years old) who are on the autism spectrum and who would otherwise be unable to participate in a typical youth group experience. With meetings every four to six weeks, Kids Connect will include holiday celebrations, trips, social action projects and additional youth group activities. All programs include both peer teen support and a licensed special needs educator on site. In addition, all Kids Connect activities are open to the entire community. Members do not need to be affiliated with a sponsoring synagogue.