Shabbat candle lighting: 4:26pm

Inclusion & Ability

The JCC strives to promote a culture of inclusion and diversity within the Jewish community and the greater Baltimore community that welcomes and supports individuals of all abilities and their families throughout their lives.

The Department of Inclusion and Ability at the JCC provides both inclusive and specialized programming for children, teens, and adults with a range of disabilities. We also strive to ensure that people with disabilities are able to participate in all that the JCC has to offer. If you, your child, or a family member requires accommodations in order to participate in a program or event, please let us know and we will do our best to make it happen!

We are an affiliate of the Baltimore Jewish Abilities Alliance, founded locally and now a major national source for parents who require resources, respite, and assistance raising loved ones with different abilities.

The J is fully accessible to those with special needs, offering:

  • Sign language and oral interpreters upon request
  • Infrared listening systems in our performing arts facilities
  • Physical accessibility throughout both facilities
  • TTY availability for incoming and outgoing calls (MD Relay# 1.800.735.2258)

Year-Round Inclusion Programs

After School Inclusion at Kids Center
Monday-Friday afternoons, Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, Grades K-5
Children of varying abilities can participate in everything J Kids has to offer after school while paired with a one-to-one trained support counselor. The Department of Inclusion and Ability works closely with families in order to create a successful plan. Additional costs may apply.

School's Out
Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, Grades K-5
Spend your day off at the JCC! Enjoy special programming during school closings and vacation days in a safe, fun atmosphere. Additional support is provided for children with disabilities. Limited space is available, additional costs may apply.

Inclement Weather? School's Closed?
For participants with disabilities, contact Sharon Seigel to find out if space is available, as we want to ensure your child has appropriate support throughout the day.

Summer Programs

J Camps Inclusion Program
Campers with a range of learning, developmental, social, emotional, and physical disabilities join bunks with their peers to participate in all activities, including instructional and recreational swim. Campers are paired 1:1 or 2:1 with specially trained staff supervised by our Department of Inclusion and Ability. Learn more.

KLAL (Keep Living and Learning)
KLAL is a dynamic summer program focused on recreational, social, and vocational activities within the JCC community. KLAL is designed for young adults with disabilities to take full advantage of everything that summer at the JCC has to offer. Participants receive specialized vocational and social skills training, stay active with fitness and swimming, and have a blast with recreational activities ranging from art to archery. Learn more.

Sunday Programs

KLAL For Every Season | Rosenbloom Owings Mills
Select Sundays 12:00-4:00pm, Owings Mills JCC, Ages 14-26
Enroll in KLAL (Keep Living and Learning), a dynamic Sunday program focused on recreational, social, and creative experiences within the JCC community. Participants engage in art projects, cooking classes, sensory experiences, group games, and fitness activities. For an additional fee, everyone is invited to stay for an extra hour of swimming or ceramics.

Register for KLAL for Every Season

Adult Social Programs

Chaverim Mixer Club
Weinberg Park Heights JCC, Ages 18+
This weekly social group creates its own schedule of recreational and leisure time activities, including arts and crafts, music, current events, fitness, and more.

Register for Chaverim Mixer Club

Adult Holiday Events
Weinberg Park Heights JCC, Ages 18+
Celebrate your favorite holidays with friends at the Park Heights JCC! Join us for special occasions: feast at Thanksgiving, light up Chanukah, dance during Purim and commemorate the Passover Seder. Events are held in partnership with Jewish Community Services.

Questions? Contact:
Kate Falls, Program Coordinator | 410.559.2376 |
Sharon Seigel, Senior Director of Outreach and Engagement | 410.559.3617 |

Most programs require participant assessments prior to enrollment. Please contact the Department of Inclusion and Ability for more information on program requirements and to schedule an assessment.