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Sandler Family Kehilla Center

SANDLER FAMILY KEHILLA CENTER

We offer a variety of recreational programs that are designed to promote socialization and build independence at Sid Jacobson JCC, Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds, and throughout the community. Advanced registration is required. All programs require an assessment to ensure proper placement. All programs are divided into groups based on age to ensure quality programming. All programs are subject to run based on minimum enrollment. Ages 5-21.

Sandler Family Kehilla Center programs are funded in part by Sheldon A. Sinett BASICS Fund and OPWDD.

All programs within the Center for People with Special Needs require an assessment to ensure proper placement. To schedule an assessment, contact Mallory Schiff, MSW, 516.484.1545 ext. 135, mschiff@sjjcc.org.


KEHILLA AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Our after-school program is facilitated by experienced staff who help each participant reach their fullest potential both developmentally and interpersonally. Kehilla Youth After-School for ages 5-12, and Kehilla Teen After-School for ages 13-21, provide opportunities for members to engage with their peers in age-appropriate group activities and conversations. Group activities include the following enrichments: Art, Legos, Sensory, Soccer, Yoga, Music, Dance, and Social Skill building.

Programs are held Monday-Friday 2:30pm-5:30pm at our East Hills campus. Extended hours may be available during school vacation weeks. Complimentary busing is available from the Herricks and Roslyn School District. Funding available through OPWDD

KEHILLA YOUTH AFTER-SCHOOL
Ages: 5-12 years
Some of our weekly program’s offerings include:

  • Art: Come express yourself on paper, canvas, and any other materials we can find. You don’t have to be Picasso to have fun and create something incredible; you just need to bring your imagination.
  • Legos: Studies show that playing with Legos can stimulate multiple parts of the brain connected to fine motor skills, problem-solving, and creative thinking. Expand your mind while having a great time building whatever your imagination can conjure up.
  • Sensory: Using tactile sensory toys such as bubble poppers, Play Doh, and more, participants have an opportunity to let it all out by getting their hands right into the action. Feel free to get a little messy.

KEHILLA TEEN AFTER-SCHOOL
Ages: 13-21 years
Some of our weekly program’s offerings include:

  • Exercise: Join us as we get in shape and have a blast doing so. Using a variety of techniques, participants can keep their blood pumping and encourage their peers to be a strong as they can be.
  • Karaoke: Sing your heart out to your favorite songs, and feel like a rock star every day.
  • Social Skill Building: Facilitated by a social worker, participants work on a range of important skills that can empower them to make friends, communicate with each other, and learn more about their peers.

KEHILLA ALL-STARS
Ages: 5-12 years, 13-21 years
Join us for our new multi-sport program using the Doc Wayne curriculum that focuses on reimagining mental wellness through the lens of sport to help improve self-esteem, social skills, and overall well-being. Participants enjoy playing a variety of sports such as Soccer, Volleyball, and Swim while making new friends and having a safe place to grow with peers.

Thursdays
5:30-6:30pm


KEHILLA WEEKEND PROGRAMS
Extend the fun had during the week on select Saturdays 11am-3pm. Group activities include the following enrichments: Music, Sports, Sensory, Art, Group Games and so much more! Funding is available through OPWDD.

Saturdays
11am-3pm

KEHILLA YOUTH WEEKENDS
Ages: 5-12 years
Some of our weekly program offerings include:

  • Music: Do you sing? Play? Or just like to listen? If the answer is yes, then this activity is right for you. Enjoy the soothing sounds of songs you know and love, and maybe even help write some creative originals or your own.
  • Cooking: What is that in the air? It’s the smell of fun and creativity as we whip up something delicious together. Join us to learn basic culinary skills like mixing, measuring, and more.
  • Sensory: Using tactile sensory toys such as bubble poppers, Play-Doh, and more, participants have an opportunity to let it all out by getting their hands right into the action.

KEHILLA TEEN WEEKENDS
Ages: 13-21 years
Some of our weekly program offerings include:

  • Art: Express yourself on paper, canvas, and any other materials we can find. You don’t have to be Picasso to have fun and create something incredible you just need to bring your imagination.
  • Cooking: What is that in the air? It’s the smell of fun and creativity as we whip up something delicious together. Join us to learn basic culinary skills like mixing, measuring, and more.
  • Group Games: What’s your game of choice? Is it Scrabble? Bingo? Battleship? In our group, the answer is simply “yes.” Any game, any time, we’re here to challenge each other and ourselves.
    • And so much more!

KEHILLA TEEN INCLUSION NIGHT
Ages: 13-21 years
Join us for a night of youth empowerment in collaboration with the Debra & James Buslik/ Tracy & David Levy Teen Service Center. Engage in a night of games, dinner, and making new friends.

Wednesdays
February 15, March 29, April 26, May 24
5:30-6:30pm


CAMP KEHILLA
Camp Kehilla, at Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds in Wheatley Heights, is designed to make the typical camp experience accessible to those with various special needs. Our approach allows for a customized summer for children with developmental disabilities, Autism spectrum disorder, and/or other neurodevelopmental conditions. By combining typical camp activities such as swimming, arts & crafts, and sports with evidence-based social facilitation techniques, campers have an opportunity to forge friendships and develop social skills in an environment that closely resembles that of a neurotypical setting. The flexible structure of camp promotes the ability for each camper’s individual strengths to flourish, which helps craft a personalized experience for everyone who attends.
Reimbursement available through Self-Direction

Amanda Foglietta, LCSW

Director of Sandler Family Kehilla Center

(516) 484-1545 x175

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Victoria Granatelli

Assistant Director of Camp Kehilla

(516) 484-1545 x148

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Mallory Schiff, MSW

Special Needs Social Worker

(516) 484-1545 x135

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