Westchester Jewish Community Services

Fostering Inclusion As Well As Independence

New program offers a Jewish home for young adults on the autism spectrum.

Westchester Correspondent
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The downpour drenching the streets of White Plains last week didn’t affect the Sabbath calm that had descended on the 12 people inside the Taft Community Center. The group joined to recite the candle-lighting blessings and prayers for Israel and healing, then sang the traditional Shabbat songs “Oseh Shalom” and “Shalom Aleichem,” followed by Kiddush and a Friday-night dinner together.

Staff members of Westchester Jewish Community Services make Kiddush at program for young adults on the autism disorder spectrum.

Surge Of Poor In N.Y. Suburbs Poses Challenge

Survey shows ‘startling’ increases in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester, and among Orthodox, Russian-speaking Jews.

Jewish Week Correspondent

The clients she sees “are all over the map” in terms of how hard they’ve been hit by the recession, said Peggy Jaeger, Nassau County director of Connect2Care, UJA-Federation of New York’s program to help members of the Jewish community who are unemployed or underemployed.

Masbia, a kosher soup kitchen network and food pantry, has seen its numbers grow to 500 clients a day.
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