Media Coverage Archive

Union County Congregations receive grants to enhance services for people with disabilities (6/17/14)
Three Union County congregations have been awarded Greater MetroWest ABLE Synagogue Challenge Grants that will be used for building enhancements, programs, and/or enhanced services for people with disabilities and their families, allowing them greater accessibility to the synagogue community. more

Babysitting Training Program
West Orange PATCH (6/11/2013)
Whippany, NJ, June 11, 2013 — Every parent needs a break once in a while and it can be difficult to find a babysitter for a child who has special needs. Things are about to become easier. more

ABLE Challenge Grants 2013 
Suburban News (5/8/2013)
Summit Jewish Community Center, Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim in Cranford, and Temple Sholom in Scotch Plains, in collaboration with Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim and Congregation Beth Israel, Scotch Plains, are four out of eight congregations across Essex, Morris, and Union counties that have been awarded Synagogue ABLE Challenge Grants by Greater MetroWest ABLE to promote inclusion in synagogue life for individuals and families with special needs. more

Lt. Governor Visits the WAE Center 
New Jersey Jewish News (5/1/2013)
For an hour on April 27, New Jersey’s lieutenant governor laughed, danced, shook hands, and 
high-fived her way through the Wae Center in West Orange, sharing moments of fun with many of the 65 clients of the Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled of MetroWest program. more

A Synagogue "Home" Open to All 
February 2013
How do you live Jewishly in our Greater MetroWest community? Do you work out at one of the JCCs or the Y, send your children to Jewish camps, belong to a synagogue? Personally, my connection to Jewish life in our community began when I was pregnant with my first child and we were “synagogue hopping.” more [Speak EZ]

Jewish Disability Month: Sparks of Light That Keep Hope Alive
Huffington Post (2/1/13)
My son, Ethan, is 7 years old. He is a brother, grandson, nephew and cousin. He also has autism. I'd like to share with you a bit about our experience and what it's been like to live with a child with autism. more

Growing Inclusive Synagogues in New Jersey: MetroWest ABLE
Zeh Lezeh (For One Another) (9/27/12)
Each week we introduce you to one of the ten recipients of the 2012 Ruderman Prize in Disability. Today we feature MetroWest ABLE of New Jersey, which is staking out new territory in creating a rich network of inclusive synagogues for members of all abilities. more

Federation’s MetroWest ABLE Wins Inaugural Ruderman Prize in Disability
Whippany, NJ, June 13, 2012 — MetroWest ABLE, a program of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ (Federation) has been chosen as one of 10 recipients world-wide to receive the inaugural Ruderman Family Foundation Prize in Disability. more

I Am ABLE Ad Campaign
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Special Camps for Special Kids
San Diego Jewish Journal (10/29/11)

For the family of Brandon Levine, a New Yorker who was diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was 3, who suffered from seizure disorders in the years that followed and who dealt with learning disabilities all his life, the Yachad Program at Camp Morasha was a godsend. >> more

You Just Have to Be You
from Speak EZ, the Monthly Greater MetroWest eNewsletter (October 2011)

In only its third year of programming and funding, MetroWest ABLE, part of United Jewish Communities of MetroWest NJ, has had an incredible impact within our community. Through its support of, and contribution towards, various programs for individuals with special needs, it has opened a dialogue for awareness, acceptance, and outreach, leading to the success of these important initiatives. One example is the Camp Friends Program at JCC MetroWest's Camp Deeny Riback (CDR). more