The JCC of Central New Jersey is committed to the inclusion of people of all abilities, backgrounds, denominations, gender identity and religious affiliations into all of our programs. We are committed to making our Wilf Jewish Community Campus a barrier-free environment and our programs equally inclusive. We believe inclusion is an attitude, not an activity. Inclusion is belonging.
The JCC of Central NJ strives to reduce and remove barriers to participation. Our campus is an accessible facility with wheelchair access to all indoor programming spaces, including our indoor pool, fitness center, gymnasium, meeting rooms and event spaces. Our building has a family restroom featuring a full, private bathroom with roll-in shower. Designated parking spaces provide convenient parking, drop-off and pick-up. We will always make every reasonable effort to reduce barriers to participation so that everyone can meaningfully participate with dignity.
We are happy to work with individuals and families to provide accommodations, to the best of our ability, to ensure that everyone can participate meaningfully. We can provide the following accommodations during most on-campus programming and can discuss other accommodations as needed. Please email Beth Mitchell, Director of Inclusion and Diversity at [email protected]. We require a minimum of 2 weeks prior to an event to request accommodations.
In honor of Jewish Disabilities Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), the JCC of Central NJ is publishing a Special Needs Resource Directory.
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Listing deadline is January 8, 2021
Questions? Contact Beth Mitchell, Inclusion and Diversity Director, at [email protected] or 908-889-8800 x203.
The JCC of Central New Jersey, a not-for-profit social service agency, is committed to ensuring our Wilf Jewish Community Campus is an inclusive home away from home for all. Inclusion is an attitude. Inclusion is belonging. J-Embrace demonstrates these values.
J-Embrace is our effort to expand and enhance our capacity to serve more vulnerable populations in our community – individuals with special needs and senior adults, in response to a growing demand for programs and services for these individuals. J-Embrace will be supported by a matching challenge grant through the PRESIDE program.
The PRESIDE program is designed to help Jewish non-profit organizations strengthen governance, leadership and philanthropic culture-building through the lens of Jewish values and practice. Our JCC was one of 15 organizations selected for this prestigious program, which took place between March 2018 and May 2019. The anonymous Jewish philanthropic foundation behind the program is providing a large matching challenge grant as a component of the program. The purpose of the challenge grant is to help organizations build (non-capital) capacity to meet mission. The JCC will use the PRESIDE matching challenge grant to maximize support of J-Embrace.
Our J-Embrace fundraising goal of $750,000 is supported by a generous $1:2 matching grant from an anonymous Funder through the PRESIDE program. All eligible donations will automatically be increased by 50% through this challenge grant. The matching deadline is December 2020.
J-Embrace will enable the JCC to expand mission-driven programs and services for individuals with special needs and senior adults. Based on our experience and community research, we have identified needs that are not currently being met. Initially, the funds raised will be utilized to support two new professional positions at the JCC – a social worker who will work primarily with our senior adult population and a special needs coordinator. These professionals will provide the knowledge and expertise to guide the enhancement of programs and services such as:
The JCC has several programs specifically for children with special needs and disabilities. We offer adaptive swim classes, teen social nights out, and we have a robust and sought-after shadow program at Camp Yachad, our summer camp. Camp Yachad also has a job skills training program (entering its third year) for teens who have aged out of camp but still want to participate in the traditional camper-to-counselor trajectory. These teens work in camp specialty areas and also work with a job coach. The specialists with whom they work receive special “mentor” training. We are also proud to say that our philosophy of inclusion and accommodation is found in all of our classrooms – both in preschool/kindergarten and in our after school program. Our Senior Adult program provides both vulnerable and active adults social interaction, educational programming, entertainment, exercise and a healthy Kosher lunch every Monday – Thursday. For seniors who cannot get to the JCC on their own, we have regular bus transportation.
So far we have hired a Director of Inclusion and Diversity whose role is to enhance and expand JCC programs and services for individuals with disabilities. Collaborating with JCC staff and the JCC special needs committee, the director will oversee existing programs and services and will drive efforts to develop new ones – all ensuring that our JCC is a truly inclusive center of community. When the time is right, we will look to hire a community social worker.
Contact Caren Goldberg, Director of Member Engagement and Development, at 908-889-8800 x236 or [email protected].
Compiled by MetroWest ABLE, a network of community leaders and professionals who support and advocate for individuals with special needs and their families.
Funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ and grants from The Linda Bunis Haller Foundation and The Joyce and Leonard Kulick Fund for Special Needs.
Daughters of Israel MetroTransport
Medical and quality of life transportation for senior adults and those with disabilities in MetroWest.
Friendship Circle of MetroWest
Social, recreational and Judaic experiences for children and teenagers with special needs and their families, with the help of teen volunteers.
Friendship Circle of Union County
Friends at Home, holiday programs, volunteer programs.
Golda Och Academy
Support services for children with specific learning needs in a Jewish community day school.
JCC of Central NJ
Programs, activities, shadows, resources, referrals, workshops and supports for families with special needs. (908) 889-8800
JCC MetroWest Special Needs Services
Year round social, recreational, and life skills programming for children, teens and adults.
Inclusion opportunities for children and teens in all JCC camps including Early Childhood, Exploration, Triple Threat Theater and Camp Deeny Riback.
Specialized Summer Camp Programs including Club JCC Summer and Club JCC Teen Tracks Travel
JESPY House, Inc.
Residential, recreational and day support services for adults with learning disabilities.
Jewish Educational Center Arrowsmith
Program for children with specific learning needs in an Orthodox Jewish day school setting.
Jewish Family Service of Central NJ
Counseling and support for children and families
Jewish Family Service of MetroWest
Support services to help families manage life challenges.
JFS Ruth Sagner Center for Family Play Therapy
Counseling and support groups for children and families.
(973) 740-1233, ext. 204
Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled (JSDD)
Residential, recreational and day support services for adults with developmental disabilities.
WAE (Wellness, Arts and Enrichment) Center
Daily programming for teens and adults with developmental disabilities based on the belief that learning, spirituality, and creativity are a lifelong journey.
Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest
Vocational evaluations, vocational training and rehabilitation services.
Specialized Career Camps available.
(973) 674-6330, ext. 242
JVS Caregiving Companions
Caring and reliable non-medical home care services.
(973) 674-2415, ext. 293
Joint Chaplaincy Committee
Professional pastoral/spiritual care and chaplaincy services to families, individuals and group homes, and a resource for area clergy and healthcare professionals. B’nai Shalom co-sponsors the following program for individuals with developmental disabilities: Minyan Meyuchad - Monthly Shabbat service, lunch and extended program for adults.
Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy of Essex County
Support services for children with specific learning needs, within a Yeshiva program.
Nathan Bohrer-Abraham Kaufman Hebrew Academy of Morris County
Inclusive academic Jewish community day school.
The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life
Jewish educational experiences for the MetroWest community.
Special needs support services for early childhood programs and teen youth groups.
Free Jewish books and parent resource guide for Jewish children, developmentally up to 5 ½ years.
Round Lake Camp
Overnight camping for children with learning differences.
(973) 575-3333 ext. 145
Sinai Elementary & Maor High School
Academic Yeshiva program for children with learning and developmental disabilities.
YM-YWHA of Union County
Programs, resources, referrals, and support for families with children of special needs.
MetroWest ABLE (Access, Belonging, Life Enrichment for People and Families with Special Needs)
Connecting families with community resources and supporting inclusive opportunities in MetroWest. Some of the services provided are: community education workshops, support groups, sign language interpreter subsidies, shadow training
Rebecca Wanatick, M.Ed. Community Coordinator (973) 929-3129
Statement of Accommodation
The JCC of Central NJ is committed to accessibility and inclusion. To request accommodations, please contact Beth Mitchell, Director of Inclusion and Diversity, at [email protected] at least two weeks prior to an event.