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Children's Special Needs Program

Sunday Funday

A Sunday morning in Palm Beach Gardens filled with some of our favorite summer counselors and specialists:

• Arts & Crafts
• Structured Games
• Sensory Therapy
• Yoga
• Music Therapy
• Splash-n-Swim (bring a swimsuit & towel)

Parents can enjoy time to themselves while knowing their special needs child is being cared for in a nurturing and fun environment.

Ages 6-22 • Sundays: January 13, February 10, April 14
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
This event is free

*Based on age and number of attendees, campers will be divided into Tikvah and Shining Star groups. Participants are provided a 1:4 ratio by our highly qualified staff. Participants need to be able to participate safely in activities without one-to-one support and toilet independently. Campers are welcome to come with their own one-to-one support if needed. Parents must supply a packed nut-free lunch and beverage. Snacks are included. New participants must have an intake meeting with the Special Needs Director before registering. Each month is contingent on having an adequate number of attendees. Registration is required a week prior and will close as soon as all spots are filled.

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Cooking & Life Skills

In these classes students will have a 90 minute hands-on cooking experience, learn 2-3 different recipes, learn knife skills, proper measuring, culinary terms, and much more, eat what they make and receive the recipes at the end of class. Students will prepare a family meal that serves 4 to bring home each session. The Cooking and Life Skills class will be a separate Special Needs Enrichment opportunity, but can also be paired with the Sunday Funday event for a full day of activities.

Sundays | January 13, February 10, April 14
2:00 - 3:30 pm | $40 per session (Ages 11-22)

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No School Days

When school is out, the Mandel JCC is in! Join us for a day of fun, filled with activities such as swimming, sports, playground, arts and crafts and much more!

January 21
February 8

$75 Per Day (9:00 am - 4:00 pm)
$5 Before Care (7:30 - 9:00 am)
$6 After Care (4:00 - 6:00 pm)
$10 Both Before & After Care
*After Care is free for full time Beyond the Bell participants

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Best Buddies Jobs
Partnering with The Constance & David Blacher Children’s Special Needs Program at the Mandel JCC

Matches skilled, qualified individuals with IDD with businesses seeking enthusiastic and dedicated employees. Through the Jobs program, Best Buddies develops partnerships with employers, assists with the hiring process and provides ongoing support to the employee and employer.

Does your child:
• Have a primary diagnosis of intellectual or developmental disability?
• Have a desire to work in the community?

We invite you to attend our informational parent meeting.

Wednesday, February 6 | 7:00 pm
Mandel JCC, Palm Beach Gardens
Free & Open to the Community

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Special Needs Enrichment Classes

Tennis (Ages 7-22)
Coach Dave will introduce our Special Needs children, not participating in Inclusion, to tennis in a fun and age appropriate environment through differentiated instruction and modified games. Classes are formatted to include warm-up, motor, racquet and playing skills. Intake Meeting Required.

Fri., Jan. 25 - Mar. 15 | 2:15 - 3:00 pm
$220 Per Person

Register for Tennis >> Registration is now closed.

Our Special Needs students, who do not participate in Inclusion, have a unique opportunity to photograph the world as they see it. World-renown photographer and professor, Jay Tomioka, has developed a differentiated and sensory-friendly curriculum to encourage students to find their passion for photography. All cameras and technology provided. Intake meeting required.

Tue., Jan. 22 - Mar. 12 | 5:00 - 5:45 pm | 5:00 - 5:45 pm
$220 Per Person

Register for Photography >> Registration is now closed.

For further information: 
Rachel Karpeles at 561-712-5226 or RachelBK@JCConline.com

Book Festival

Book Festival

The 24th Mandel JCC Book Festival is here! It's going to be an amazing season starting with our kick-off event with author, Lou Cove at The Lake Pavilion on November 14th. This year's line-up also includes Mike Reiss, the longtime writer of The Simpsons, international best-selling author Alyson Richman, award-winning author B.A Shapiro and more!

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Summer Camp

Summer Camp

Campers enjoy favorites like late nights and sleepovers, theme days, field trips, and Shabbat celebrations. This year we have over two dozen specialty camps and incredible special events like Wacky Water Day, Lip Sync Contest, and more! We also take full advantage of our Jr. Olympic outdoor swimming pool, our indoor gymnasium, and our expansive turf athletic fields. Come see why summer 2019 is going to be our best summer yet!

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The Constance & David Blacher Children's Special Needs Program

The Constance & David Blacher Children's Special Needs Program

We believe that every child can succeed, every child can participate and every child can make friends! There are programs for all ages and ability levels including Sunday Fundays at the J, our Special Needs Adolescent Program, vacation camps, sports classes and more!

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Beyond the Bell

Beyond the Bell

Palm Beach County's premiere afterschool program has a limited number of spots left! With supervised homework, Judaic activities, swimming, sports, cooking, art, fitness, go-karts and more, your kids will be begging to stay after school!

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