Special Needs

The Jewish Federation is committed to enhancing the quality of life for individuals with special needs. We believe they should have the opportunity to achieve their highest potential, and lead independent, and fulfilled lives as members of our South Jersey community. We offer programming onsite at the Jewish Community Campus at 1301 Springdale Road and at our new Federation Annex at 1721 Springdale Road, and offsite at other locations throughout the community.


Support | Education | Independence | Confidence | Community | Jewish Living

Special Needs Navigator 

Have a question? Need help? The Federation is proud to announce the hiring of Jennifer Arey as the Special Needs Navigator. Jen is available to help connect families to all of the resources available from our vast network of special needs community partners and local Jewish organizations. Jen can be reached at 856.673.2554 or jarey@jfedsnj.org

Core Programs


Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey


Special Needs Coalition and grants | Jewish Abilities Alliance | Special Needs Navigator | School support grants and professional development


PJ Library is now available to children of all abilities in South Jersey! If you have a child with special needs, please email pjlibrary@jfedsnj.org for more info. To learn more about the PJ Library program, visit jewishsouthjersey.org/pjlibrary.

Stories from the Heart

“One of the things that makes the JFCS Supported Employment Program so successful is the willingness of local companies to take a chance on someone with special needs – to give us the opportunity to be a productive member of the working world. The way JFCS networks with local companies to find us jobs is so important. Without it, it would be really hard to find a job.”  – JFCS client

“When our daughter with developmental disabilities came to the JCC through a job coaching program, she was only able to complete one single place setting at the JCC’s senior meal program. She now sets over 20 tables, 3 times a week. We are so grateful to the JCC for giving her the opportunity to feel accomplished, valued, and loved.” – Parent of a JFCS client and JCC employee

“The key to success in life is always based on trust, respect, and confidence. This holds true for all people, whether abled or disabled. The JCC has provided my son with an avenue to grow and be the best that he can be. To have access to the special needs program they offer is a gift that as a parent, one cannot even place a value upon.” – Parent of a JCC participant

“For the first time during the seventeen years since my daughter was diagnosed, I feel our lives are moving forward. The enthusiasm and warmth displayed by both the organizers and participants at the JCC have provided a much-needed social and spiritual foundation for my daughter’s life. When the JCC claims, ‘You belong here,’ it might not imagine how much those words mean both to individuals with special needs and their families.”  – Katz JCC parent

By the Numbers

Make a difference in someone's life by volunteering.


Soups & Sweets Culinary Program | Special Needs Job Mentor | Special Needs Special Friend | Recreational Volunteer | Volunteer Teacher at TOPS Day Program


Learn more at jewishsouthjersey.org/volunteer