People with Special Needs

A Vital Community for All


The Federation supports many programs in order to include people with special needs in a vibrant Jewish community. These programs provide vital connections, friendships, and therapeutic, spiritual, and enrichment opportunities for the entire family. For details contact Laura Safran by phone 732.588.1800 or email.   

The Friendship Circle


Based in Manalapan, The Friendship Circle launched in Central Jersey in 2001 with a simple mission: To provide individuals with special needs with social and educational experiences they would otherwise not have. MORE

Hand in Hand


Based at the shore, Hand in Hand pairs teen volunteers with special needs children, forging loving friendships that enrich the lives of both. Through a broad spectrum of creative programs, social and Jewish activities, the children experience the special warmth of their heritage and the joy of positive social interactions with their teenage friends. MORE



Yachad, based in East Brunswick, enhances opportunities for individuals with special needs to participate in the full spectrum of Jewish life by bringing them together with their mainstream peers for socialization and opportunities to learn from one another. Yachad also offers a Parents Support Group. MORE

Scholarships for Special Needs Summer Camp


The Federation's Stolzer Family Endowment Fund enables children with special needs, through age 21, to have a summer camp experience tailored to their needs. For details contact Laura Safran by phone 732.588.1800 or email

Birthright Israel With No Limits


Birthright Israel offers special trips to accommodate those with physical or developmental disabilities, who use a wheelchair, to explore the State of Israel. For details contact Laura Safran by phone 732.588.1800 or email.