Special Needs

For Adults & Caregivers

Check out this resource site created for adults with special needs and caregivers.

For Children & Families

HaMercaz—A Community of Support for Families Raising Children with Special Needs
The Federation’s HaMercaz program offers ongoing assistance, advocacy, and support for Jewish families and children with special needs and developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder, Asperger syndrome, and cerebral palsy, from birth to age 22. HaMercaz means "the center" in Hebrew.

Read HaMercaz Newsletters
Sign up for the HaMercaz Newsletter

Like HaMercaz on Facebook
Follow HaMercaz on Twitter

Contact HaMercaz

866-287-8030 or hamercaz@jfsla.org

HaMercaz Services

  • A network of community agencies and organizations that work together to address your family’s needs
  • Social programs including play days and outings, sibling programs, multi-generational events, and Jewish holiday celebrations
  • Support groups and counseling
  • Parent and professional workshops
  • Connections to Jewish community programs including those at synagogues, Jewish schools, and camps
  • About HaMercaz Services – Flyer (Downloadable PDF)

Online Resources


Upcoming Events

Mission to Israel

The Special Needs Study Mission was truly an extraordinary week with a high level of emotional intensity and bonding. As a group of 36 participants, we visited almost every corner of Israel looking at innovative programs and services and we were caught up in the passion and commitment for people with developmental disabilities shown by the staff and parents who we met along the way.

Read the Mission Travel Blog here
See the photo slidehsow and read the follow up blog here

Jewish Family Service is the lead clinical partner for HaMercaz. The collaborative includes Jewish Family Service, Vista Del Mar Child & Family Services, Etta Israel Center, Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters, Jewish Free Loan Los Angeles, and the New Jewish Community Center at Milken.

Funding provided by:

The Jewish Federation
The Jewish Community Foundation
Marcia Israel Foundation