ACHaD Events

Katz JCC ACHaD Events For Individuals with Special NeedsACHaD Year-Round Events

The ACHaD Special Needs Department wants you and your family to feel welcome at the JCC and to feel part of a bigger community. We host a variety of special events throughout the year including  a Dance Party, Passover Seder, Tess Norton Purim Basketball Classic, Art Gallery Reception, Bowl-A-Thon, and Community Resource Fair. Additional community outreach events include a Friendship Connection Walk, Workshops for parents of teens through young adults, and special presentations.  For further information please contact Nina Staiman at [email protected] or Jackie Robinson at [email protected].

ACHaD Virtual Passover Seder

Please join us online for our ACHaD Virtual Passover Seder! Each year the community gathers to celebrate Passover and we highlight our incredible ACHaD participants. Included in this year’s registration is a Passover goodie bag!  Pickup for these items will be outside the Katz JCC on Tuesday, March 30 from 4-5pm. All are invited to our virtual Seder!

DATES & TIMES:  Wednesday, March 31, 7-8pm /  COST: Free

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ACHaD Tess Norton Purim Classic 2021

Every year, the Katz JCC’s ACHaD Special Needs Department hosts the Tess Norton Purim Classic. Tess Norton was a patient, kind woman with a contagious smile. She looked past challenges and saw the positive in everyone. Her family honors her memory through this Purim event and the joyous celebration of fun, friends, basketball, more.

This year, the event will still go on, but virtually on Saturday, Feb. 27. Chef Cyndi will lead participants through making, and of course eating, hamantaschen. The participants will take their best shot at basketball trivia and see some amazing videos of the greatest slamdunks of all time. Other fun surprises are also planned.  Questions?  Contact Jackie Robinson at [email protected]

COST: $15 per family, and proceeds from the event benefit the ACHaD Department.

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ACHaD Zumbathon (2020 Details)

Join us on Sunday, March 15 at 2pm for a Purim themed Zumbathon to support awareness and community inclusion for individuals with special needs. Partnership agencies include the JCC ACHaD Dept., JFCS Special Needs Dept., and the Jewish Abilities Alliance of SNJ.

Registration is online only! This event is $12 per person, or $15 on the day of the event. Checks can be made payable to Katz JCC. If you are having trouble with registration or have any questions, please contact Jackie Robinson at [email protected] or (856) 424-4444 ext. 1114.  Click HERE for a copy of the Zumbathon PDF.

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ACHaD February Art Exhibit

Join us this January and February as we feature original artwork by members of the Katz JCC ACHaD program and the Samost JFCS Special Needs Programs in our Appel Art Gallery.  We will even host a special meet the artists event on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.  Light refreshments will be served.

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Special Needs Resource Fair – COMING IN 2021

Meet representatives from exciting special needs programs, organizations and services for all ages in South Jersey.  This event is free and open to the community.  Discover camps, creative arts, sports, fitness, social and recreational services, therapeutic services, disability resources, transition and life skills and more!


Join us for an afternoon of fundraising, bowling, pizza and door prizes while supporting ACHaD programs and services. This event will be held at the Big Event Entertainment Experience in Cherry Hill, NJ.  They are located at 1536 Kings Hwy N, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.

Date: TBD

Registration for events can be completed at and click on ACHaD or Special Events. For questions and more information, please contact the Director of the ACHaD Special Needs Department, Nina Staiman at [email protected] or (856) 424-4444 ext. 1204 or ACHaD Program Support Specialist, Jackie Robinson at [email protected] or (856) 424-4444 ext. 1114.