Special Needs

For Adults & Caregivers

Our Federation is committed to making Jewish life accessible and inclusive for all. That’s why we created LAJAC, a one-stop shop that outlines and connects to the multitude of services available to empower Jewish adults with special needs. From questions about housing, employment opportunities, legal and financial issues and more, LAJAC.org has all of the answers.    

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.

HaMercaz
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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

Opportunities

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: Bet Tzedek, BJE: Builders of Jewish Education, Camp Ramah in California, ETTA, Far West USY Hevrah, Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles, Jewish Free Loan Association, Jewish Vocational Service, The Friendship Circle - Los Angeles, The Friendship Circle - Conejo Valley, The Miracle Project, OurSpace, Shalom Institute, Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services, Yachad LA, and Zimmer Children’s Museum.