Hagit Oren, Judaic Coordinator held the Sunday Chavurah class and the lesson  she taught was about the Jewish holiday of    Tu’ B’Shevat.  This holiday occurs on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. It is known as the “New Year of Trees”.  In contemporary Israel the day is celebrated as an ecological awareness day and trees are planted in celebration. The participants of the class cut up the various pieces of fruit and made unique designs, which are proudly on display in the photos below.  Hagit asked the group if they were to be a tree, what kind of tree would you be?  The overwhelming response was a Palm Tree!

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  Written by Linda Press, Executive Director The first home opened in 1989 in MetroWest for 6 men and women to live as independently as possible in the community. In the 30 years since, JSDD has grown to support more than 40 people in 12 homes in Essex and Morris Counties. While many of the people in our homes move in as young adults, as you can imagine, after 30 years, we have had the opportunity to celebrate many milestones.   Happy Birthday, Jay We are so pleased that after nearly 20 years as a JSDD resident, we are celebrating Jay’s 70th birthday.  Jay continues to keep us all informed of current events, is an avid Yankee fan, has become […]

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We shared a lovely visit to B’nai Jeshurun, Rosalind & Alfred Lippman Gallery in Livingston, this past week to see the WAE Center Group Show, “Find the Spark Within”.  The exhibit is on display now through February 16th (please call in advance to set up a visit during normal business hours: 973.379.1555   ).  It is always wonderful to give the artists an opportunity to see their work on display and the Temple has presented the work beautifully; giving each artist a large panel in their gallery, highlighting their work.  The members got to interact with each other, sharing their work.  11 artists are featured; exhibiting a wide variety of styles. 

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WAE Center members collected food items during the month of December.  WAE members Erik, Janet, Victoria, Roberto with staff member Mark  then took a trip to  Temple Oheb Shalom in South Orange, New Jersey to make the donation. The food will then go to the Bobrow Kosher Food Pantry to help families in need.    Oheb Shalom Congregation sent a meaningful thank you note to the WAE Center for their contribution.

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The Spark Within   JSDD’s WAE Center is a holistic, creative and expressive arts learning center for people with disabilities, dedicated to Finding the Spark Within.  Focusing on the abilities and desires of everyone, the WAE Center embraces humanistic principles to guide members in building a greater capacity for a full and rich life. This exhibit features the work of 12 members who are born artists. The work created in our studio is self-directed.  Facilitators are on hand to assist each artist in complete neutrality in realizing their goal for each piece of work undertaken.   Represented here ranges from the most “simplistic” line drawing to complex architectural explorations. Daniel M. creates with text and subtext, always drawing on his expansive […]

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