Mrs. Etta Israel (1900-1990) was an LAUSD teacher who taught classes for people with learning and developmental disabilities. 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, ETTA is the realization of that dream.
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 developmental
2002: Ner Shoshana class opens – first high school for girls with developemental disabilities
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™ case management and specialized support established
2013: Menlo Adult Day Services program opens
We’ve come far, and we’re going further – join us on our journey.