To equip 5 Los Angeles-based synagogues with the tools to include youth with special needs and their families in their communities through bar/bat mitzvah learning, educator training and religious school integration. The program will serve hundreds of youth with special needs, teachers and clergy and thousands of synagogue congregants and families.
Founded in 1908 as The Jewish Orphan's Home of Southern California, Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services provides comprehensive, family-centered social, educational and behavioral health services that encourage children, adolescents and their families to lead self-reliant, stable and productive lives. Over the years, Vista Del Mar has diversified its programming into areas of foster care, adoption and the treatment of children with mental health problems, emotional problems, behavior problems, social problems, or developmental difficulties.
The Vista Inspire Community Inclusion Program is an inclusionary model consisting of bar/bat mitzvah learning, educator training and religious school integration. The program equips 5 Los Angeles area synagogues with the tools to include youth with special needs and their families in their communities. It replicates The Vista Inspire Program, currently running at Vista Del Mar, designed to foster growth and development in the areas of socialization, spirituality and creativity for youth with special needs and their families.
"Thanks to the generous grant from The Jewish Community Foundation, we will be able to help change the way disability is perceived and foster inclusion in synagogue life. We are ALL created in G-d’s image." - Elaine Hall, Director, Vista Inspire Program, Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services