Rayim Yachad

Rayim Yachad, for participants ages 26 and above, provides inclusive social and recreational programs for adults B’Yachad, together, with typically developing peers from universities and synagogue communities. Rayim Yachad is comprised of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Monsey and New Jersey Chapters. Rayim members enjoy local events within their chapters, weeknight events with universities (usually around Jewish holidays), local NY/NJ trips on Sundays, and weekend Shabbatons.

Shabbatons, which occur 1-2 times per month, are weekend retreats where our participants stay in community members’ homes. Shabbatons allow our member to exercise and sharpen their social sills in an inclusive and age appropriate environment. Rayim participants are given independence and choice during events to promote self-advocacy and independence.

Rayim Advisors

Rayim staff members are trained to work with adults with developmental disabilities. The advisors are responsible for the Yachad members overall care and safety throughout the weekend including distribution of medication. Each advisor is about the unique needs of working with adults with disabilities, how to promote independence and self-advocacy. The staff learn how to interact with the Rayim members and to ensure that they are treated like adults and are taking part in age-appropriate activities. Rayim members are encouraged to make their own choices. Each Rayim member is given the individual attention and care that is needed for them by the highly qualified staff. Most of the Rayim Advisors are college students who volunteer to be Yachad Advisors.

For more information about Rayim Yachad programming, please contact Avi Kirshtein at kirshteina@ou.org.