Nes Gadol

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Program Name:
Nes Gadol
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Cutting Edge
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Founded in 1908, Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services serves the changing needs of all children and families in the community by offering high-quality treatment programs for children with significant emotional, social, learning, and developmental disabilities. 


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.

Children with special needs and their families should be included in all aspects of Jewish life, and this program will go far in providing them with opportunities for participating in learning, lifecycle events and ritual celebrations. For over 100 years, Vista has identified critical needs in the Jewish community and is grateful to The Foundation for providing the resources to address this particular issue.

Dr. Elias Lefferman
President and CEO, Vista Del Mar