The J.N. Somers Yad Hebrew School for Children

with Special Needs


Designed with the alternative learner in mind, the CJE’s Yad Hebrew School program takes place on Sunday mornings during the school year. Classes are held at Connections Education Center of the Palm Beaches.  The primary goal of the Yad Hebrew School is to expose students and their families to the richness of our Jewish heritage and to foster pride and assurance that we are each valued members of the Jewish community. Regardless of a child’s learning ability, we believe that all Jewish children deserve open gateways for participation in Jewish learning experiences and important Jewish rites of passage – such as becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
The Yad Hebrew School is particularly well suited for children who may otherwise find it difficult to learn effectively in a traditional Hebrew school environment. Some are mainstreamed in their respective schools and several attend self-contained classes in public or non-public special education facilities.
Children in the Yad Hebrew School have varying abilities related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), communication disorders, Down Syndrome and developmental disabilities. It is staffed by dedicated, creative teachers who bring life experience and a wealth of formal training in Jewish education to the classroom. They are ably assisted by responsible volunteers who are intuitive, enthusiastic and creative. Between staff and volunteers, we provide almost a 1:1 student-teacher ratio.
The Yad Hebrew School curriculum includes learning about holidays, Jewish living, prayers, mitzvot, blessings, and Hebrew language. Classes are taught using various techniques and modalities, including visual and tactile aids - such as iPads, music, movement, and art.

For more information or to register, or to become a volunteer, contact Wilma Turk, Director of Special Needs Education at (561) 640-0700 or email