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Social Connections

JF&CS offers opportunities for Jewish adults with developmental disabilities or mental illness to learn, have fun, and spend time with friends. Participants enjoy the ongoing support of their peers and a meaningful connection to Jewish tradition and the Jewish community.

Chaverim Shel Shalom – Friends of Peace

Chaverim Shel Shalom (Friends of Peace) is a program for Jewish adults living with chronic psychiatric illness. In addition to cultural, educational, and social programs, Chaverim Shel Shalom offers ongoing support and connection to Jewish tradition and the Jewish community. Members meet two to four times a month for social activities and “dinner & learn” programs with a Jewish theme. Members also participate in community activities including the Boston Jewish Film Festival and day trips in Greater Boston and Southern New England. There is no cost to be a member of this group.

Chaverim Chaim – Friends for Life

Chaverim Chaim (Friends for Life) is a partnership of JF&CS, JCC of Greater Boston, Inclusion and Support Services, and Jewish Big Brother Big Sister’s Friend2Friend program. Chaverim Chaim is a social group for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorder that meets monthly for programs and events that provide opportunities for positive social interactions and informal educational experiences. Many events include programs with a Jewish focus but it is not necessary to be Jewish to attend. Programs include Shabbat dinners, movie nights, game nights, dances, and Jewish holiday celebrations.

For more information, call 781-647-JFCS (5327) or email your questions via our contact us page.

Supported by CJP Chaverim Shel Shalom and Chaverim Chaim are funded in part by CJP.

The Club: A Support Group for Jewish Adults with Disabilities

Now in its 24th year, the Club offers social opportunities to Jewish adults with developmental disabilities. Meetings are facilitated by a social worker and are held at least once a month. Activities include social, cultural, and religious programming with strong Jewish content. Highlights range from celebrating holidays at local synagogues to dinner and movie nights as well as family picnics.

New members are welcome to join.

For more information, call 508-755-3101 or email your questions via our contact us page.
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