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Children's Special Needs Program

Winter Break Camp

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

Monday, December 24
Wednesday, December 26
Thursday, December 27 
Friday, December 28 
Monday, December 31
Wednesday, January 2
Thursday, January 3
Friday, January 4 
Monday, January 7 
*No aftercare 12/24 and 12/31

$75 Per Day (9:00 am - 4:00 pm)
$5 Before Care (7:30 - 9:00 am)
$6 After Care (4:00-6:00pm)
$10 Both Before & After Care

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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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Special Needs Adolescent Program (SNAP)

Special Needs teenagers and young adults (ages 13-25) from the North Palm Beach communities will meet once-a-month to develop social skills within their communities while participating in engaging and entertaining activities. Transportation is not included, unless otherwise indicated.

January
Bowling & Dinner
Wednesday, January 15 | 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Price: $40 (includes bowling and dinner)
Location: Bowlero
350 Maplewood Dr., Jupiter
(Meet at Bowling Alley)

February
Mini Golf in Jupiter
Sunday, February 24 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Price: $40 (includes admission)
Location: Lighthouse Cove
617 North Highway A1A, Jupiter
(Meet at Lighthouse Cove)

March
Spring BBQ and Sadie Hawkins Dance
Sunday, March 10 | 12:00 - 3:00 pm
Price: $50 (includes lunch, dance and festivities)
Location: Mandel JCC, Palm Beach Gardens
5221 Hood Road, Palm Beach Gardens
(Meet at JCC, PBG)

April
Minor League Baseball Game
Wednesday, April 10 | 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Price: $40 (includes admission)
Location: Roger Dean Stadium
4751 Main St., Jupiter
(Meet at Roger Dean Stadium)

Register for Special Needs Adolescent Program (SNAP) >>


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 6-22)
    Coach David will introduce children to tennis in a fun and age appropriate environment through skill building and fun tennis games. Classes are formatted to include warm-up, motor, racquet and playing skills. Stroke production consists of forehands, backhands and volleys. Participants will use age-appropriate equipment. Intake meeting required.

    Friday, November 9 - December 21 (No Class 11/23) | 2:15 - 3:00 pm
    $160 Per Person

    Registration is Closed. Register for Special Needs Tennis >>

  • Photography
    Our Special Needs students 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.

    Tuesday, November 6 - December 18 (No Class 11/20) | 5:00 - 5:45 pm
    $160 Per Person

    Registration is Closed. Register for Photography >>

  • "Glee" Performance
    Facilitated by the multitalented Miss Tonya, this performance class will encourage teamwork and artistic performance in both dance and vocals. Students will learn and perform routines to their favorite show tunes and pop songs, culminating in a community performance. Intake meeting required.

    Thurs., November 8 - December 20 (No Class 11/22) | 6:00 - 6:45 pm
    $160 Per Person

    Registration is Closed. Register for Glee >>


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



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Winter Break Camp

Winter Break Camp

When school is out the Mandel JCC is in! Join us over winter break to enjoy camper favorites like arts & crafts, sports, swimming, segways, go-karts and so much more! In addition campers can also enjoy Perseverance Basketball Camp.

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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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