Mrs. Etta Israel (1900-1990) believed in the potential of every person with special needs. During her lifetime she taught classes in which learning and developmentally disabled students thrived. In her will, she left a bequest directing that her modest estate be used to create a Center that would help families with special needs experience success in all aspects of their lives. Founded in 1993, the Etta Israel Center is the realization of that dream. That dream continues to be sustained through the volunteers and donors of the Etta family.
1993: Talmud Torah established
1993: Kesher Youth Programs
1994: Sibling Support Group
1995: Camp Avraham Moshe
1995: The “Aleph” Class, a self-contained special education classroom for children with special needs
1995: High School Inclusion for students with Learning Disabilities
1996: Full Inclusion services for students with developmental disabilities
1996: Darrison Family Shabbaton Program begins
1996: Iranian American Support Group
1997: Community Educational Series with Prominent Guest Speakers: Dr. Robert Brooks, Rick Lavoie, Dr. Mel Levine
1998: Schools Attuned
2000: Feder Family Group Home for men opens – first residential program in Los Angles for the adults with dev. Disabilities
2002: Ner Shoshana class opens – first high school for girls with dev. Disab.
2002: Sohacheski Group Home for women opens
2003: Ner Yaakov Class for boys with learning disabilities opens at Yeshivat Yavneh
2006: Ryzman Family Group Home for men opens
2007: Ner Yaakov class for boys with learning disabilities opens at Yeshiva Rav Isacsohn/Toras Emes Academy.
2010: 4th Group Home purchased –Aaron Bloom Home
2010: All Group Homes now under banner of Jack E. Gindi, z”l, Residential Services
2011: J-CHAI (Jewish Community Housing for Adult Independence) established
2012: 4th Group Home, the Aaron Bloom Home, opens
2013: Menlo Adult Day Services program opens
We’ve come far, and we’re going further – join us on our journey.