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 Eileen at [email protected] 

Planning the Transition from School to Adult Life (2018-2019)

Take part in a series of workshops for parents of teens ages 14 through young adult, Tuesdays at 7pm at the Katz JCC, starting in the fall of 2018.  Our schedule is below:

  • Jan 22 – Support coordination
  • March 26 – Guardianships and Trusts
  • May 7 – Benefits Coordination

Cost:  Free and Open to the community.

Join our email list for further details. Contact: [email protected] This series is a joint program from the Katz JCC ACHaD Department, JFCS Special Needs Dept.  and the Jewish Federation of SNJ Jewish Abilities Alliance.

ACHaD January/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, February 7.  Light refreshments will be served.

Artist Reception Date: Wednesday February 6,  6-7:30pm | Cost: Free – artwork will be available for purchase/ Contact Eileen Elias at [email protected] to RSVP or for more information.

This event is a collaboration of:



Join us for our first ever Friendship Connection Zumbathon!  This awesome, fun-packed afternoon will support awareness in the community for inclusion for individuals with special needs.  Held in conjunction with the JFCS special needs department and the Jewish Abilities Alliance of SNJ.  Click here for event PDF.

Register Online

Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019, 2pm | Cost: $10/person / Contact Eileen Elias at [email protected] with any questions.

Special Needs Resource Fair

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, theraputic services, disability resources, transition and life skills and more! Click here for event PDF.

Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 6:30-8:30pm | Cost: FREE / For more information: Please contact Nina Staiman at [email protected] or call 856-424-4444 x1204.

ACHaD Passover Seder

Individuals with special needs and their families are invited to join us for a traditional Passover Seder and delicious dinner!

Date: Monday, April 15, 2019, 6pm | Cost: Free for individuals with special needs, $12 per family and friend / Contact Eileen Elias at [email protected] to RSVP


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: Sunday, Sept 22, 2019 1-3pm | Cost: $25 per bowler (includes bowling, commemorative t-shirt, shoe rental, pizza and drinks)

ACHaD Tess Norton Purim Classic

Join us for an evening of friends & fun activities on March 16, 2019 including basketball (ACHaD Squadron team members) or art.  Enjoy delicious hamentashen and ice cream treats. This event is for individuals with special needs ages 12 through adult & their families.

Proceeds for this event benefit the ACHaD Department. This event is sponsored by the family of Tess Norton.

ACHaD Dance Party

Individuals with special needs and their families are invited to join your friends and enjoy a pasta dinner, ice cream bar, dancing and party games.

The ACHaD Special Needs Department wants you and your family to feel welcome at the JCC and to feel part of a bigger community.  With you in mind, we host many events for you and your family to enjoy throughout the year.