YACHAD Blog

Hundreds Turn Out for Opening of Inclusive Jewish Center in Brookline, MA

On December 2nd, New England Yachad celebrated the opening of its new Community Center in Brookline with a ribbon cutting and mezuzah hanging.  Yachad, a division of the Orthodox Union, offers social, recreational, skill-building, vocational and family support programs that bring together individuals with and without disabilities. It was part of the dedication for a new […]

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NJ Yachad Gala is huge success!

Yachad NJ’s Annual Gala draws 500, Raises $250,000 for Yachad On Saturday evening, December 1st, NJ Yachad hosted its Annual Gala in Teaneck, NJ.  With 500 guests and close to $250,000 raised, NJ Yachad inspired the community to dream big and help support the local programs and services it provides on a daily basis.  Honorees […]

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Yachad Community Center provides a home base for Jews with special needs

New England Yachad runs over 400 programs a year to help Jews with special needs live full, productive, Jewish lives. On Dec. 2, the organization will unveil a new community center inside Congregation Kehillath Israel in Brookline that will serve as the organization’s headquarters and provide a wide array of new services. “The Yachad Community […]

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Remembering Sarah Taub

By Batya Sheva Brenner In 1979, at twenty-three, Sarah Taub gave birth to her second daughter, a baby with Down syndrome. Her doctor told her that the child would never learn to walk or talk and advised her to leave the hospital without her. Those years the world didn’t know any better. Taub set out […]

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Staff at Yad B’Yad and Camp HASC Enable Summer Fun

Everyone deserves to have a fun break in the summer, but for people with disabilities it is not always easy. For someone who uses a wheelchair, for example, it is very difficult to play any sort of sport. Thankfully, many camps, like Camp HASC and the Yachad program in Israel, Yad B’Yad, have been established […]

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Boatloads of Fun with New England Yachad

Avigail Kosowsky reflects on her summer internship with New England Yachad. I walk through the Community Rowing parking lot, after a fun but tiring trip rowing down the Charles River, and take a sip from my orange-capped Yachad water bottle. I look down, glancing at the logo: “Yachad: Because Everyone Belongs.” This slogan is plastered […]

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Chaverim reels it in

On Sunday, July 29, Yachad’s Chaverim group went on a deep-sea fishing trip in Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn. The amazing staff and crew of the Sea Queen VII taught us how to bait our own hooks, distinguish when you’re getting a nibble and how to reel in the big one. Being out on the water on […]

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For families of Jews with disabilities, Shabbaton retreats provide respite and support

By Hiram Reisner for JTA Shmuel and Rivka have a 3-year-old son, Moshe, with Down syndrome. As Hasidim who live in Borough Park, Brooklyn, they have struggled with how to explain their child’s special needs to others in their community. When an opportunity came up to attend a weekend retreat for Jewish families with family […]

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Yachad Israel’s First Pop Up Cafe, a Huge Success

by Aviyah Atkin This year has been an incredible year for Yachad Israel, particularly in the brand new Vocational Program that Director, Lisa Galinsky started just this year! In this program, one of the main focuses for the Yachad participants is learning and preparing for jobs in the workplace. They have learned retail skills, social skills, […]

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NY Yachad Gala Dinner - June 11, 2018

Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, a division of the Orthodox Union, will host its annual New York regional gala dinner, held in tribute to disability inclusion pioneers Rabbi Abraham Wahrhaftig z”l and Caryn Pollak, as well as in honor of Adira Katlowitz, Young Leadership award recipient. The event will raise funds for crucial […]

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