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Getting to Know: Micaela Camacho- Tenreiro

Getting to Know… Micaela Camacho- Tenreiro Micaela Camacho- Tenreiro is a LGBTQ+ Coordinator/Facilitator and has been working since January 2024. Their first memory of JSDD was a wonderful conversation about how best they can facilitate and work with people with IDD. Read more about Micaela Camacho- Tenreiro and their experience at JSDD.
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Celebrating Shabbat Together: A Monthly Gathering for JSDD Residents

Earlier this year, JSDD residents began coming together once a month to celebrate Shabbat in person. The joy of community and tradition is palpable each month as the participants gather to welcome Shabbat in person. The evening begins with blessings over the candles, challah, and grape juice, setting a serene and spiritual tone for welcoming Shabbat.
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Michelle Johnson with her well-earned CARES award

Celebrating Excellence: Michelle Johnson wins CARES Award

Michelle Johnson, JSDD Senior Manager has recently been honored with the CARES award for her exceptional contributions to JSDD. The CARES Award for Professional Excellence is awarded from Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest, NJ to honor staff that support older adults in our community. This recognition comes as no surprise to those who have had the privilege of witnessing Michelle's unwavering commitment to excellence and compassion.
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A Day to Remember

Saturday March 10th was a day that residents and members had looked forward to and they were not disappointed! It was the day of the Prom, JSDD’s 2nd Annual Event full of glamour, dance, camaraderie and song.
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Getting to Know…Susan Nasberg-Abrams

Getting to Know… Susan Nasberg-Abrams Susan Nasberg-Abrams is a JSDD: Life | Home | Tech Project Coordinator and has been working for 6 months now. Her first impression was that the JSDD building was so bright and full of beautiful, creative art. She never thought that at a place of business, she would hear laughter and see smiles all day long. Read more about Susan Nasberg-Abrams and her experience at JSDD.
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Getting to Know…Tammy Weinfield

Getting to Know… Tammy Weinfeld Tammy Weinfield is a Music Facilitator and has been working for JSDD since September 2023. Her first impression was that JSDD is a welcoming place, with beautiful artwork on the walls and a vibrant community inside. What suprised her the most was how passionate everyone is about their work. Read more about Tammy Weinfield and her experience at JSDD.
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Together for Shabbat

February 2, 2024, the JSDD community came Together for Shabbat for a very special evening made possible through a grant from the Centennial Shabbat Committee and our Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest N.J. It was a night to celebrate 100 years of community service in addition to the beginning of Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM).
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Staff Milestones and Holiday Parties

JSDD continues to grow and broaden its work through Residential Services, WAE Center, Therapeutic Services and Heidi Gallery programming. None of this work would be possible without the skill and passion of our stellar staff. Typically, there are two parties thrown to give everyone an opportunity to enjoy one another’s company, relax and celebrate the years’ accomplishments.
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Thanksgiving at the WAE

The WAE Center members and staff gathered for the annual Thanksgiving lunch. This is a time to come together as a community, share what we are thankful for and celebrate the life and memory of Scott Reich. Scott loved celebrating Thanksgiving with his friends at the WAE Center because it usually fell on his birthday. In his memory, the Reich family has continued to support this fun and meaningful tradition.
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