Simchat Shabbat Special Needs Services 2017 Calendar

April 8, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Congregation Beth Israel
10460 N 56th St
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Debby Parker/Rachel Corcos

Simchat Shabbat Special Needs Services 2017

Ten Years of Accessible Services!

Council For Jews With Special Needs (CJSN), a nonprofit agency devoted to providing programs, services, and resources to help those in the Jewish Community with disabilities, and their families, is pleased to announce the dates for the 2017 Simchat Shabbat Season.

Saturday, January 7th, February 4th, March 11th, April 8th, and May 6th at Congregation Beth Israel

– click here for more 2015-2016 season dates & locations

All services begin at noon and last approximately 45 minutes. The general public is encouraged to join the services.

The first Simchat Shabbat service took place at Congregation Beth Israel (CBI) in 2007. The goal was to have a place where adults with special needs and their families could worship together. The service was created in partnership with CBI including specially designed prayer books that were funded through a generous community grant. With the success of the school year, summer services were added at Temple Emanuel of Tempe. In 2008, Simchat Shabbat won the esteemed Belle Latchman Community Service Award for Best Project Enhancing the Quality of Jewish Life.

“Nine years in, and it is still the most joyous service you will ever attend,” said Stacy Rosenthal, co-creator of Simchat Shabbat. “Everyone is welcome and no one is turned away. The only rule, it is a “no shush” service and a place where God hears all prayers.”

Simchat Shabbat reservations are not required, but appreciated. Please call the CJSN offices at (480) 629-5343 or send an e-mail to, to let us know when you will be joining us, how many in your party, or for any questions.

Council Information:

Council For Jews With Special Needs (CJSN)

Amy DL Hummell, Executive Director

(480) 629-5343

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Formed in 1985, the Council was created to meet the special needs of children and adults with disabilities who were unable to participate in typical activities of Jewish life in greater Phoenix. All of the programs and services are collaborative efforts with existing Jewish schools (all ages), camps, youth groups, congregations, agencies and organizations. The Council often partners with non-Jewish and secular groups to host speakers, workshops and training sessions. Information and referral is available to anyone in the community.The original programs for special education assistance and summer camp inclusion resources were followed by support groups for parents, grandparents and sibling and an active disability awareness outreach and sign language interpreters in Jewish settings. Over the years, the Council added social groups and continuing Jewish studies for teens and adults with moderate to severe disabilities, educational forums on disability related topics, and two Jewish group homes for adults with developmental disabilities. Simchat Shabbat, a Sabbath morning service tailored to the unique needs of children and adults with disabilities, is a monthly service sponsored by the Council and Congregation Beth Israel.

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