Accessibility and Inclusion

Jewish Family Services (JFS) Special Needs Navigation Program provides information, referrals, resources, and programming for people with disabilities. JFS partners with local synagogues and Jewish communal agencies to promote inclusion and address the needs of Jewish people with disabilities and their families.

How does the Special Needs Navigator program work?

The Special Needs Navigator program provides resources for people with special needs and their families.  The navigator provides support, consultations, and connects individuals and families with disabilities in the Rochester community. 

Jewish Living Class for Adults with IDD

The Jewish Living Class offers multi-sensory engagement with various topics connecting to the Jewish holidays, traditions, and culture. When in-person, the program is housed at the Kollel at Temple B’rith Kodesh (TBK).  The program is available year-round for adults with IDD who reside in group homes or with their families.

Employment & Life Skills Opportunities

We develop and coordinate volunteer and/or employment opportunities for adults with IDD in various programs, such as the Brighton Food Cupboard and Pencils and Paper.

JFS Accessibility & Inclusion Advisory Board

The JFS Accessibility & Inclusion Advisory Board is a body of community stakeholders, including individuals with disabilities, parents, advocates, professionals, and lay leaders. The Advisory Board develops plans, programs, resources and opportunities for affiliated Jewish organizations (e.g., congregations, day schools, the JCC, etc.) to foster inclusive practices and a long-term, nurturing, supportive environment. 

Hours

Monday – Friday, Hours may vary.

Location

Jewish Family Services
255 East Avenue Suite 201,
Rochester, NY 14604 (Map)

Contact

For more information about the Special Needs Navigator program or if you are interested in joining our Advisory Board, please contact Sharon Shafrir, Accessibility & Inclusion Director at sshafrir@jfsrochester.org or call (585) 506-3062.

ACCESSIBILITY AND INCLUSION

Accessibility and Inclusion

Jewish Family Services (JFS) Special Needs Navigation Program provides information, referrals, resources, programming and and coordination for people with disabilities. JFS partners with local synagogues and Jewish communal agencies to promote inclusion and address the needs of Jewish people with disabilities and their families.

Friendly Connections

The Friendly Connections program is designed to provide isolated individuals (seniors and those with intellectual/developmental disabilities) in the Rochester area with a volunteer for 10-15 minute “check ins.”