JUF and Yachad Creative Arts Program Begins Tuesday, September 9 in Brooklyn

03 Sep 2014

The Jewish Union Foundation (JUF), in conjunction with Yachad/National Jewish Council for Disabilities, will host a creative arts program for individuals with special needs beginning with a fine arts class starting Tuesday, September 9 at the Marilyn David IVDU Boys Upper School at 1301 East 18th Street in Brooklyn at 5:30 p.m.

Participants in the program will range from young children to adults.  Other upcoming classes include photography and drama, both of which will begin Thursday, October 23.

The Jewish Union Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the independence of individuals with developmental disabilities, enabling them to better participate in the full spectrum of life.

Yachad, the flagship program of the Orthodox Union’s National Jewish Council for Disabilities (NJCD), provides unique social, educational, summer camp, clinical, and recreational programs for individuals with learning, developmental and physical disabilities with the goal of their inclusion in the total life of the Jewish community.

“We created this new initiative as a supplemental evening program,” explained Jack Gourdji, Executive Director of the Jewish Union Foundation.  “Responses to this initiative have been really positive and it is our goal that participants in the various programs develop vital skills needed to help boost their confidence, and bolster creative thinking. Additionally, the workshops aim to further enable developing vocational and general life skills.”

For further information, contact Michael Appelbaum, program director for JUF, at 212-613-8284 or email appelbaumm@ou.org.