Yachad and JUF Open Adult Day Program in Long Island for People with Disabilities
OPEN HOUSE, SEPT 11, 2017
Long Island, NY, AUGUST 16, 2017 — Yachad and the Jewish Union Foundation (JUF) announce the launch of a new adult day program for people with developmental disabilities in Long Island. The program, based out of Congregation Ohr Torah in North Woodmere, offers training and services to increase independence and productivity.
Yachad (Hebrew for together) is the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, a global organization dedicated to addressing the needs of all Jewish individuals with disabilities and ensuring their inclusion in every aspect of Jewish life.
The Jewish Union Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities.
Meir Mondrow heads the Long Island-based program in which participants will have opportunities throughout the community, including volunteering, visiting community settings and recreational events. Transportation is provided, and the program runs 9 AM -3 PM, Monday through Thursday, and Friday 9 AM -2 PM. A supplemental option is available until 5 PM.
An open house is scheduled for 7:30 PM Monday, September 11 at Ohr Torah, 410 Hungry Harbor Road in North Woodmere.
Photo Caption: Participants enjoying the first day of Yachad/JUF’s Adult Day Program. Pictured Left to Right- Talya Lifshutz, Noa Sdayur, Jonathan Feinerman, Emily Wasser, Ryan Khemraj
Yachad and JUF currently have adult day programs in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Families in Long Island approached the organization with the need for a program in Long Island. “I am grateful that my daughter doesn’t need to travel to Brooklyn in order to receive high quality services,” said Mrs. Sdayur, a parent of a participant in the program.
“We’re excited to be answering the need of the Long Island community and offer our services to people there,” said Jack Gourdji, JUF Executive Director.
Noa, a recent high school graduate from Bayswater, said that she really likes this new program. She gets to learn without all the work of school! She used to learn about shopping and keeping to a budget, but now in this program she gets to go out and experience it hands on. Noa was nervous about starting in a new place, but already feels comfortable and is happy.
Fraida, from West Hempstead, said “Yachad is the best program ever! It really brings everyone together.”
The program currently has 20 people enrolled and is open to anyone 18+ who is eligible for Medicaid waiver services. For more information on the program, contact Ilana Rosenbaum at 212-613-8320.
All members of the community are invited to learn about the important work that Yachad and JUF are doing.
“Yachad, The National Jewish Council for Disabilities is a thriving global organization dedicated to addressing the needs of all Jewish individuals with disabilities and ensuring their inclusion in every aspect of Jewish life. Our inclusive design aims to ensure persons with diverse abilities their rightful place within the Jewish community, while helping to educate and advocate for a greater understanding, acceptance, outreach, and a pro-disability attitude.
“The Jewish Union Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. JUF offers a wide array of services, ranging from Day Habilitation Programs to Vocational Training Services to Respite services for families. We work closely with various state funding agencies, including the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and ACCES-VR. Through our various programs, we believe that we have helped our clients to achieve greater independence, make immense personal strides, and become better able to participate in the full spectrum of life.”