Special Needs


When it comes to members of our community with special needs, we are committed to enhancing their quality of life. We believe individuals with special needs should have the opportunity to achieve their highest potential and lead independent and fulfilled lives as members of our community.

Social & Recreational 

  • Social & recreational programming for children, teens & adults
  • Summer camp inclusion program (Open Hearts/Open Doors)
  • Holiday celebrations
  • Fitness & sports
  • Family activities

Life Skills

  • Life skills day program for adults (TOPS)
  • Supported employment
  • Culinary training program (Soups & Sweets)


  • Special needs resource website & concierge navigator
  • School support grants
  • Professional development
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

Special Needs programming is available through The Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey and these select agencies 

Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey


Jewish Senior Housing & Healthcare Service


Katz Jewish Community Center


Samost Jewish Family & Children's Service





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