"During the pandemic, the virtual and especially the in-person classes have provided a vital spiritual refuge for our son."

"It's a wonderful program, and the community is tremendously supportive and kind."

Jewish Life Programs

"Nes Gadol has been a dependable and uplifting community that has kept us energized and joyful with Torah, music, and fun educational activities."

"As a family, we all benefit from the Jewish events offered in Jewish Life Programs."

In the tradition of Vista Del Mar’s Jewish core values, Jewish Life Programs offers children, teens, and young adults with autism and other neurodiverse abilities a place where they are valued and celebrated in an atmosphere which is safe, nurturing and joyous. Our programming includes Jewish education classes and experiences, B’nei Mitzvah tutoring and individualized services, service-learning and volunteer opportunities, inclusive High Holiday services, monthly Shabbat programs, and Jewish Holiday celebrations for families and friends. All programming takes place on our beautiful grounds and is also available via an interactive, virtual format.

Through our fully inclusive program, families and individuals of ALL abilities have a welcoming place where connections are made and life long relationships are established in the Jewish community.

Memorial Torah Scroll

“Our Torah Scroll MST#1072 from Dolni Kounice that survived the Shoah is on permanent loan from the Memorial Scrolls Trust, London England. Learn more about story of the Czech scrolls at The Memorial Scrolls Trust, a U.K. non-profit organization working to link over 1000 Czech Torah scroll-holders around the world.”

Our beautiful Torah cover was lovingly created by artist Wanda Peretz in gratitude to Ted z’l and Hedy Orden z’l and family for their generosity to Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services. Ted and Hedy Orden were both Holocaust survivors.