Social & Recreational Opportunities

It’s about having fun, building friendships…just living your life.

Opportunities for meeting new people, participating in community and cultural events, including religious activities and celebrations, can be challenging when these are not inclusive or welcoming to persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Jewish Child & Family Services is committed to opening our communities up, so people of all abilities can enjoy one another and live rich, fulfilling lives.

Year-round Social Calendar

Through its partnerships with other programs and organizations, JCFS and Encompass have created a wide variety of social and recreational opportunities for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. You can view all of these events on our online calendar.

Yad B’ Yad

Adults with disabilities often feel isolated from their community or have difficulty building friendships, even when they live independently or with minimal support. Yad B' Yad is a volunteer program that brings together Jewish young adults, ages 18-35, with developmental disabilities or learning disabilities, and Jewish young adult volunteers, in social settings. Together, these pairings take part in monthly social, cultural and religious activities and events. And they form lasting relationships that benefit both the participants and the volunteers. 

Yad B’ Yad is a partnership of the Northwestern Fiedler Hillel and JCFS.


Hevra is a social program for Jewish adults with developmental or learning disabilities ages 35-60. During a time in life when fewer social opportunities exist for adults with disabilities, this program, like Yad B'Yad, assists adults in making friendships and connections through monthly outings and activities.

Get Involved

If you are interested in attending monthly events or volunteering, contact Allison Rodenhouse, Director of Family and Community Services, or call 773.765.3160.