JSDD News

In February 2019, the WAE (Wellness, Arts, & Enrichment) Center began a G.O.A.A. (Gender, Orientation and Advocates Alliance) for adults with developmental disabilities. The G.O.A.A. will provide a safe and supportive forum for its participants to explore concepts of gender and sexual identity with opportunities for socialization, support, education, training and advocacy.    The program is led by a dedicated advisor and will meet once per month at the WAE Center (270 Pleasant Valley Way West Orange, NJ).    The G.O.A.A. is free and open to individuals with developmental disabilities from the surrounding communities. Please encourage adults 18+ who you think would benefit from this program to attend.   Why are we starting the G.O.A.A. Open Door Project? Whether an […]

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Come join us for an entertaining presentation of Shakespeare in the Park.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Verona Park, near the Boat House.  

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from slavery unto freedom, from sorrow unto joy, from mourning unto festive gladness from darkness unto light Wishing you and your families a sweet Pesach.  We hope that you are all surrounded by loving family and friends. We cannot begin to thank you for helping to give dignity and purpose to our JSDD/WAE Center members.  You are all valued and appreciated. Fondly, Ellen and Alan

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Hagit Oren, Judaic Coordinator travels to each of the JSDD Residential Group Homes and teaches the women and men about Jewish Holidays and customs.  With Passover around the corner it times to learn about the holiday and the delicious foods that will be served at the Passover Seder. 

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On April 14, 2019 a Chavurah Class held at the WAE Center welcomed Rabbi Moshe Rudin from Adath Shalom in Morris Plains, NJ.  He came and taught the class about Passover, played guitar, sang songs, and assisted in helping everyone to make Matza!   

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