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Engagement opportunities for individuals with special needs

Camp Girl Teaching Teenaged Boy to Play Basketball


Our partner offers individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) the opportunity to socialize and build social skills that help keep them connected to and engaged with each other and the Jewish community.

Couple in love of 26 years old Down Syndrome at her apartment. They are learning to live in an apartment independently. They are washing the dishes together.

ETTA Shabbatons

Throughout the year, ETTA clients participate in Shabbatons hosted by various synagogues throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. These Shabbatons offer clients wonderful opportunities for community inclusion, guided by trained ETTA staff and youth volunteers. Clients spend Shabbat together at a host home with a teen volunteer and are offered opportunities to increase their knowledge of and participation in Jewish life. Every Shabbaton weekend culminates in an exciting and fun-filled group activity where clients create new and lasting friendships. If you are interested in opening your home to host an ETTA Shabbaton, or have a loved one who would like to participate, contact Leah Schachter at

A smiling boy at the camp

Friendship Circle of Los Angeles

Provides social and recreational opportunities, like winter and summer camp experiences, for children and teenagers with special needs and their families. Featured activities are similar to those available to their typical peers and include sports and field trips.

Miracle project group picture

Miracle Project

This initiative builds communication, social skills, community, and greater self-esteem for individuals with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) through inclusive theater and expressive arts programs.

Teaching plant harvesting at Shemesh Farms

Shalom Institute – Shemesh Enterprise Experiences