Social Opportunities

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Susan loves hanging out with her friends and enjoying fun activities such as bowling, attending concerts, stepping up to the mic at Karaoke night and celebrating Jewish holidays.  She also enjoys spending time with her buddy Rachel and her boyfriend Steve, who proclaims that he can’t imagine life without her.  Her life is not much different from any other young Jewish adult, except that Susan is an adult with a development disability.  But, Susan doesn’t let her “difference” get in the way of leading an active and productive social life, thanks to the Yad B’ Yad program. 


About Yad B’ Yad 

Adults with mild 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 with special needs, 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.


A special component of Yad B’ Yad is the Buddy program.  Participants are matched with a volunteer with whom they can spend one-on-one time with in the community. This buddy relationship is available for participants who live on the north side of Chicago, and in Evanston or Skokie.  

Become a Volunteer 

Yad B’ Yad is a partnership of the Hillels of Illinois and JCFS. Email  if you are interested in attending monthly events or if you are interested in volunteering for a buddy relationship.