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 such a beautiful day was a wonderful treat, and it was the perfect way to meet new friends and socialize in an engaging and experiential way. We had a biggest catch competition, and the winner received Yachad swag. Our group caught more than 10 fish! After reeling in our lines for the last time, we had a scenic ride back to shore with beautiful views of the Manhattan skyline and Coney Island.

Sunday’s trip was sponsored by a local social sports league called Kick for a Cause. This group of Jewish young professionals plays kickball in a fun, competitive social environment. Proceeds from the league are donated to various Jewish charities; proceeds were donated to Yachad this season. The money donated by the league will sponsor these monthly experiential outings for Chaverim for the rest of the year.

Chaverim was developed to promote Yachad’s goal of inclusion, and it provides our members with the opportunity to socialize and engage with the world in the same way their neurotypical peers do. We do this by stripping away barriers of access and pushing our members to engage socially in a way that expands their comfort zone. If you are interested in getting involved or know someone who could benefit from this group, please contact Gavi Istrin at 646-459-5146 or