About

What does Kehillah mean?

Kehillah is “community” in Hebrew. All Kehillah programs provide a safe and nurturing environment for participants to have fun, build self-esteem and independence, learn new skills and make new friends.

The mission of Kehillah, the JCC Special Needs Program, is to provide quality recreational and enrichment programs for children and adults with special needs. We are committed to fostering a fun and welcoming environment where participants develop skills and independence, build self esteem and cultivate meaningful relationships.

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Who can participate?

Kehillah is designed for preschoolers, children, teens and young adults with cognitive and developmental delays, Down Syndrome, and autism spectrum disorders. All classes are designed to enhance social, emotional and physical skills of our participants. Our goal is to create a feeling of community at the JCC for children, teens and young adults with special needs.

The Kehillah program, like all programs at the JCC, is open to people of all faiths, ethnicities and beliefs.

When and where are classes?

All classes meet at the Springfield Jewish Community Center (JCC) , Neal Webber Building, 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA. Each class meets once per week.

Kehillah is supported in part by the Sadye Silver Fund, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, The Korn Family and the JCC InFUND.