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Alternative Programs

The following programs offer additional alternatives to those already being offered in our synagogues and community schools.

Ma’ayan Program

Ma’ayan’s goal is to ensure that a Jewish education is accessible to every child. We are committed to helping Jewish families provide their children with a Jewish education and fulfill their dreams of seeing their child called to the Torah as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Participation in the Ma’ayan program is sufficient to fulfill the requirements for Bar/Bat Mitzvah. However, families may use Ma’ayan to supplement their child’s existing religious education program at another synagogue. For more information, please contact Abra at (908) 232-6772 or email

WAE (Wellness, Arts and Enrichment) Center
(973) 272-7149

The WAE (Wellness, Arts and Enrichment) Center provides daily programming for adults with developmental disabilities based on the belief that learning, spirituality, and creativity are a lifelong journey. 

The WAE Center Chavurah Program is a Jewish experience program for adults with developmental disabilities, ages 18 and up. The Chavurah meets the second Sunday morning of each month from 10-12, incorporating art, music, and Jewish life experiences. 

Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest New Jersey
(973) 674-6330

Jewish Vocational Service of NJ provides comprehensive vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities age 14 through adulthood. Those served include individuals with emotional, physical, neurological, developmental, visual, and hearing disabilities. Specialized services for students with disabilities, including school-based vocational evaluations, are provided in the School to Careers Transition Program.

Training Workshops

Workshops are periodically offered for educators working with children with special needs, either in the classroom or recreational setting. For more information on the current workshops being presented, please contact Rebecca Wanatick, Community Inclusion Manager, at (973) 929-3129 or

Materials Available for Loan

The Special Needs Resource Library (established with funds from The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey) has been enhanced with films, books and training materials on the subject of inclusion to be used by synagogue schools and the general community. Members of the community may borrow the resources, utilizing them for training, education and enjoyment.

download a list of some of the newest resources available for loan (PDF)