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In observance of Sukkot, we will be closing at 6pm on Monday, September 20, and will be closed on Tuesday, September 21 and Wednesday, September 22. We will re-open on Thursday, September 22 at 6am.

Special Needs

JACK NADEL SOCIAL SERVICES CENTER — CENTER FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS 

For more than three decades we have worked with children, teens, young adults and adults with varying abilities to help them reach their fullest potential, both developmentally and interpersonally, by offering year-round social, recreational, fitness, and vocational programs.

The center has two divisions to better serve our participants:

  • Kehilla Summer Camp and Year-Round Programs
  • Specialized Children, Teen, and Young Adult Programs

All programs are open to the broader community and advanced registration is required.

Our programs are facilitated by educators and social workers with low participant-to-staff ratios. Our staff is comprised of experienced professionals who possess a combination of clinical and recreational skills in the fields of social work, special education, and psychology. These highly-qualified professionals work with Long Island and Queens children, teens, and adults with a variety of special needs including, but not limited to, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). An individual assessment is required to determine appropriate placement.

CAMP KEHILLA  FITNESS PROGRAMS  KEHILLA YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS  SPECIALIZED CHILDREN, TEEN + YOUNG ADULT PROGRAMS

 

“Having Hannah attend Camp Kehilla was a truly life-changing experience. Although she is in a Special Ed program at our high school, they still aren’t able to cater to all of her needs. During most physical activities, Hannah is usually off to the sidelines. This year, when people ask how her summer was, she tells them it was amazing and how she was able to play soccer! It’s profound that one of her most joyous moments was just being able to play in a structured, safe, and encouraging environment. Hannah says she’s ready to go back to school because it’s a great way to pass time until she goes back to Camp Kehilla next year!” Rachel M.

Joe Wasserman, LMSW

Camp Kehilla Director

(516) 484-1545 x236

Joe Wasserman, Camp Kehilla Director, has been with the agency since 2002 when he started as a CIT at Camp Kehilla. Over the last 17 years Joe has worked in…

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Staff

Amanda Burns, LMSW

Supervisor of OPWDD Programs + Services

Laura Carrano, LMSW

Supervisor of VTEC + Program Without Walls