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Kehillah Opening Doors, Enriching Lives.
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What is the Kehillah program?

Kehillah means “community” in Hebrew. The mission of Kehillah, the Special Needs Department of the Springfield JCC, is to provide quality recreational, social, and enrichment programs for children, teens, and adults with special needs. Our goal is to create a feeling of community at the J, while fostering a fun and welcoming environment for individuals of all abilities. All Kehillah programs provide a supervised, safe, and nurturing inclusive environment for participants to enjoy themselves, build self-esteem, increase independence, experience new places and things, improve social skills, and cultivate meaningful relationships.

Who can participate?

Kehillah programs are designed for preschoolers, children, teens and adults with developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, and social and emotional challenges. All classes are designed to enhance social, emotional and physical skills of our participants. The Kehillah program, like all programs at the J, is open to people of all faiths, ethnicities and beliefs.

Kehillah is supported in part by the Sadye Silver Fund, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, the Korn Family, and the JCC InFUND.

Meet Our Staff


Returning participant? Please contact the JCC by phone at (413) 739-4715, or stop by the Springfield JCC at 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA.

New to Kehillah? Contact Tina Edwards at, x315, to find out what exciting opportunities there are for your loved one!


If you have questions about a program or the suitability for an individual please contact:


During this difficult economic time, we are able to offer our classes to you at a reduced rate.  The JCC offers partial scholarships. Please contact Tina Edwards for more information. 413-739-4715 x315 or by email

The JCC Special Needs Program is supported by the Sadye Silver Fund for Special Needs Programming, the JCC inFUND and by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.