Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services

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ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION

grant programs

Jewish Life Program

$80,000

To implement a hybrid virtual and in-person delivery model of its Jewish life program, which offers a safe and nurturing environment for children with autism and other special needs to engage in Jewish learning, become a bat/bat mitzvah, celebrate Shabbat and High Holiday services, and form a caring community of families. The program aims to increase accessibility, promote intergenerational engagement, expand program offerings, and connect more individuals on the autism spectrum and their families to Judaism.

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Vista Inspire Community Inclusion Program

$200,000

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.

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Nes Gadol  prepares children with special needs for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah by offering expressive art therapy-based classes, working with rabbis, pairing children with special needs with mentors, and arranging the ceremonies.

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