Special Needs

The JCC offers programming in the mainstream of the Jewish community for individuals with special needs. We encourage every interested person with a disability to participate in our programs.

Earl Latterman Family J.S.S.N. (Jewish Singles Support Network)
A social group for young adults, ages 20 and up, with mild to moderate developmental disabilities. This group meets weekly for programming meetings overseen by a staff advisor and enjoy programs they have developed.


Special Needs Newsletter
The JCC collaborates with the Agency for Jewish Learning, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Jewish Residential Services, and Friendship Circle to produce a regular newsletter for those interested in Inclusion in our Jewish community. The Fall newsletter includes resources and information on programming and efforts in our agencies and synagogues to help include every member of our community, no matter what special needs they may have. Click here to read the newsletter.

Violet and Joseph Soffer Foundation and Family Special Olympics
Individualized training for Special Olympics. Special Olympics is for anyone over age 8 with cognitive delays. Please call for start dates.

Emma Kaufmann Camp Gesher Program for Teens with Special Needs




The Special Needs Department is supported in part by a grant from the Herman and Rebecca Fineberg Fund for Exceptional People with additional funding from the Edna and Larry Abelson Fund for Special Needs, The Raymond and Elizabeth Bloch Educational and Charitable Foundation, the Ralph Davidson Special Needs Fund, the Zola Hirsch Fund for Special Needs, the Sayre Scheiner Memorial Fund and the Robert Spiegel Memorial Endowment Fund