Ezra Center for People with Disabilities

Marcy Hallerman, Program Director for Social and Support Services, 516-634-4173, mhallerman@friedbergjcc.org

The Ezra Center is made possible in part by a grant from the J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation & Family Support Services from the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

The Ezra Center offers programs to children, teens and adults with a wide range of developmental disabilities. We strive to create inclusive programming designed to foster socially appropriate behavior and to enhance self-image in an atmosphere of acceptance and comfort. To this end, we encourage participation from individuals with disabilities and age appropriate typical peers looking to volunteer their time and service. All programs are led by experienced, professional staff, and have a low participant-to-staff ratios. Be on the look-out for details of Ezra program offerings in Centerpiece.

IMG_9076Our program offerings touch upon all six points of wellness in order to give our participants as well rounded an experience as possible. With socialization meetings (social wellness) yoga and swim classes (physical wellness), social skills classes (intellectual and occupational wellness) and support groups (emotional wellness) we truly offer something for everyone!


Family Support Services

These non-fee based programs are open to individuals who qualify for Family Support Services through the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). After School Enrichments Clubs (Art, Theater and Sports and Fitness), Socialization Programs, and Life Skills Workshops are all offered free of charge to participants.

The Self Advocates of the South Shore

A new group at the Friedberg JCC for adults with disabilities who want to make changes in their community. Working with SANYS (The Self Advocacy Association of New York State) and with support from UJA-Federation of New York, this group will bring together individuals who want to tackle important issues such as housing, transportation, employment, social opportunities and inclusion. Click here for more information.

Community Connections

Community Connections is an Ezra initiative specifically designed for young adults with disabilities seeking a self-directed life in their community. Program includes full JCC membership including discounts on other programs and events at the JCC, socialization meetings, and more. An option to add JFit membership (unlimited access to group exercise classes and 2 aquatics classes per semester) is also available.

Fee: $400 for a year-long membership, please add an extra $180 for JFIT

SULAM-LI -The Religious School for Jewish Children with Special NeedsSULAM-LI

School age and up

SULAM-LI is a supplemental religious school program for Jewish students with special needs. With a commitment to differentiated instruction, SULAM-LI seeks to adapt the curriculum to the level of each student. We use a variety of techniques to make the curriculum come alive for our students emphasizing experiential learning, and including music, art, games and story-telling.

28 Sundays beginning 9/7/14-5/17/15, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fee: Please Contact Sulam-LI for pricing (pro-rated).

Contact: Libby Adler, Ed Director, 516.474.1500

For more information, please click here

C.L.A.S.S.P. (Consortia for Learning & Service to Special Populations) at the Friedberg JCC

High school students with a record of volunteerism in Ezra programs will be eligible for consideration in a program of learning and service. C.L.A.S.S.P. interns are hired to work in programs serving individuals with special needs. They also are required to attend classes at C.W. Post for which they receive college credit. This program is funded by the J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation.

Family & Professional Advisory Council

Family members taking care of and professionals working with individuals with special needs will meet on a regular basis to share information and resources on important developments. They are also invited to participate in the design and implementation of programming for people with disabilities. Please contact Marcy Hallerman if you have interest in being part of this important Council.

Support for Families of Individuals With Disabilities

The Friedberg JCC is committed to all aspects of wellness for people with disabilities and their families. Please be on the look-out for information about resources and programs offered by other organizations designed to improve the quality of life for your loved one with a disability. If needs and interests are expressed, support groups can be formed as well.

Contact Marcy Hallerman, Program Director for Social and Support Services, at 516-634-4173.