JSDD Residential and WAE Center Update Thanks to all who continue to express their concern for the men and women served by JSDD.  Sixty (60) WAE Center members are either home with their families every day or at home all day in a JSDD or other agency Residence – just like many of us.  Everyone continues to receive the assistance and support they need.  We are making every effort to: maintain a stimulating and meaningful daily routine for all residents support the individuals who reside at home with their families continue to employ as many of our remarkable, hard working and talented staff as possible by re-deploying them in our homes or by assisting in members’ homes Many have responded […]

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A Letter from Executive Director Linda Press Thanks to all who have expressed their concern over the past week for the men and women served by JSDD.  Please know that we are also concerned about you and are here to serve as a resource to those in need of assistance. JSDD shares the new reality of our times with all of you On Friday, March 13, the WAE Center closed and will not re-open until further notice.  The State of NJ has mandated the closure and will, likely, advise us when to re-open.

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The monthly Chavurah Class, facilitated by Hagit Oren, was a lesson and celebration for Purim. All the attendees were happily engaged in the activities and  the arts and craft project had the participants making Groggers (noise makers) which they  used while the Megillah was read. Hagit spoke about Queen Esther and how she had the courage to stand up for what she believed in   A discussion was had about what special wishes they had and some that were shared was to be a DJ, a bride, an orthodox Jew.  Delicious hammentashen were served.   

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  JSDD’s WAE Center visited Congregation Beth El’s Religious School in South Orange to study and learn together.  This is our third year that Morah Rivka Nelson has invited Center members to share their life experience and speak about their artwork. Our theme was Jacob’s Ladder, how dreams inform our lives and support our actions.  We were fortunate that one of Rivka’s students had celebrated his Bar Mitzvah and Jacobs Ladder was his Parsha.  This young man shared the story beautifully with the group.  WAE Center members were happy to share their dreams which were stated as, walking better, mixing paint for art, going back to work and becoming a Rabbi. Beth El students shared their dreams, having their braces […]

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Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month 2020  (JDAIM) is an unified effort among Jewish organizations worldwide to raise awareness and foster acceptance and inclusion of people with disabilities and mental health conditions and those who love them. JDAIM is a call to action for all of us as we act in accordance with our Jewish values, honoring the gifts and strengths that we each possess.  Established in 2009, JDAIM is observed during February.

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