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Jewish Life

JF&CS offers opportunities for Jewish adults with developmental disabilities or mental health challenges to learn, have fun, and spend time with friends. Participants enjoy the ongoing support of their peers and a meaningful connection to Jewish tradition and the Jewish community.

*Update to hybrid schedule due to the COVID-19 situation: Jewish Life holds one online event a month, but the majority of our programs are back in person. Join us for Torah Study Sessions online, once a month. To pre-register for the Zoom Torah Study Session and find out the specific date, or learn more about Jewish Life, please contact Alex Maslow at or 781-693-5004. 

Chaverim Shel Shalom – Friends of Peace

Chaverim Shel Shalom (Friends of Peace) is a program for Jewish adults living with chronic mental health challenges. In addition to cultural, educational, and social programs, Chaverim Shel Shalom offers ongoing support and connection to Jewish tradition and the Jewish community. Members meet two to four times a month for social activities and “dinner & learn” programs with a Jewish theme. Members also participate in community activities including the Boston Jewish Film Festival and day trips in Greater Boston and Southern New England. There is no cost to be a member of this group.

Chaverim Chaim – Friends for Life

Chaverim Chaim (Friends for Life) is a partnership of JF&CS, JCC of Greater Boston, and Inclusion and Support Services. Chaverim Chaim is a social group for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorder that meets monthly for programs and events that provide opportunities for positive social interactions and informal educational experiences. Many events include programs with a Jewish focus but it is not necessary to be Jewish to attend. Programs include Shabbat dinners, movie nights, game nights, dances, and Jewish holiday celebrations.

For more information, call 781-647-JFCS (5327) or email your questions via our contact us page. Please reach out to Alex Maslow at or 781-693-5004 for any questions about Jewish Life programming. 

Supported by CJP Chaverim Shel Shalom and Chaverim Chaim are funded in part by CJP.

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