Under Age 18

The JCC is dedicated to providing continued support for the integration of children, youth & teens with special needs into all of our JCC Departmental programs. The Inclusion Director will work with family members to create a successful experience.

Please Note: It is important to indicate your child may require an accommodation, in the corresponding box on the registration form for each program you register. Anita Lewis, Inclusion Director, will then contact you prior to the program beginning.

Individual Support may also be available for children so that they may fully participate in the following programs:

Early Childhood Center

  • Camp Olami
  • Specialty Camps
  • School's Out Programs
  • Habonim
  • Recreational, Educational, and Cultural Programs

Special Programs


Youth Darkaynu will reach out to Jewish students with autism, or any other diagnosed disabilities, who are unable to attend mainstream Jewish educational programming after all possible interventions have been attempted. Students will spend one hour in Judaic Studies and one hour engaging in social and recreational activities. A multisensory approach will be used to help all students learn and gain a feeling of connection to each other and to being Jewish.

Sundays 10 am - 12 pm
March 30; April 6, 27; May 4, 11, 18.
Fee: $425 for one year, scholarships are available.

For more information or to register, please call the Sha'arim office at 952.303.5276.


The JCC The Fireflies are an assisted Special Olympics team.

SPRING SPORT: Track & Field
Monday April 13th through June 15th(6:30-7:30) at the Blake School
SUMMER: Introducing Bocce Ball Wednesdays, 4:30 - 5:30 pm $50
Please contact: Davin Martinson at dbmartin@umn.edu or 651.734.8626 or Rena Kirchmaier at Rena@totallivingcommitment.com or 952.200.2929

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Special Events

Re-orienting One's Life: The Experience of Raising Children with Disabilities With Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses

Many of us experience heartbreak upon discovery of our child's disability and often continue to struggle with the loss of the kind of family we expected. We also need support to deal with the day to day challenges that sometimes test our very capacity. How can Jewish sacred texts and spiritual concepts help parents of children with special needs find meaning in the challenges we face? Join Rabbi Cohler-Esses, master teacher and special needs parent, to learn how Jewish wisdom can become a source of strength in our search for a purpose in our unique situation. Most of the texts we will study are drawn from the Hebrew Bible, a canon that comprises the sacred core of western spiritual traditions. People of all faith traditions (as well as those who do not identify with a specific tradition) are welcome to explore how these resources can help us address the problems common to families with children with disabilities.

Sunday, April 6th – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
$25/family unit Member Value Price * $40/family unit

Please register by April 1st.
You can register at www.stpauljcc.org or you can call the Front Desk at 651-698-0751. If you have any questions or want more information, please contact Beth Friend at bfriend@stpauljcc.org or 651-255-4735.