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  • ETTA opens 3nd Day Program group
  • New ETTA office location open in Hancock Park

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The ETTA "E"
Interesting Movie
Opening in LA from September 6th - 12th
673 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101
Saturday 9/7 5:10pm screening with special presentation
Sunday 9/8 Q&A with Filmmakers after 5:10pm screening
1pm & 5:10pm daily

At JFK High School, located in the midst of a run-down area in Newark, New Jersey’s largest city, administrators answer the phone by saying, “You’ve reached John F. Kennedy High School, Newark’s Best Kept Secret.” And indeed, it is. JFK is a school for all types of students with special education needs, ranging from those on the autism spectrum to those with multiple disabilities. Janet Mino has taught her class of six young autistic men for 4 years. They must graduate from JFK in the spring of 2012. The clock is ticking to find them a place in the adult world – a job or rare placement in a recreational center - so they do not end up where their predecessors have, sitting at home, institutionalized, or on the streets.
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Directed by Samantha Buck
Wall St. Day
Wall Street Day has arrived! We had a fantastic davening, followed by our store activity led by Yehudis Levine. Thank you Yehudis for coming in and leading this event!  Everyone had a certain amount of money, and had to make powerful choices in terms of what to buy with their limited funds. Should they buy food or toys? Healthy food or junk food? And they had to explain their choices. And everyone enjoyed eating their purchases!! Afterward we had a scavenger hunt, where we looked for money around the campus based on clues. The clues led us to places where people spend money. Like sporting events (the gym), Broadway (the auditorium), restaurants (the kitchen), art pieces (the arts and crafts room). We had a terrific time! Then we had a delicious lunch by Chef Dudu, and cooled off in the pool. We were able to join ETTA's Resource Fair for closing circle, and we were able to share the magic of ETTA with our guests. It was amazing! Thanks for another great day! Looking forward to tomorrow!
Israel Day
Israel Day is one of my favorite days. Everyone came dressed up as the Israeli flag or as an Israeli. Our davening was strong and inspirational. We then moved on to three activities: making pita and zaatar dip from scratch, cutting veggies and learning kitchen safety while making Israeli salad, and my personal favorite:  writing our own prayers to put into our very own homemade kotel (see below!!). Everyone then enjoyed Dudu's fantastic Israeli lunch: falafel, israeli salad, pita, hummus and "chips" (the Israeli word for french fries). It was yummy! We then cooled off at the pool and came home to our super strong closing circle. Can't wait until tomorrow!

A kotel note
Summer@Friday Friday 4!
Wow, this week flew by! Today we started out our day by welcoming camp Yavneh's counselors-in-training program who helped us make cookies and cakes to sell for hungry people. We even enclosed a cookie with your challa for you to enjoy on Shabbat. We then learned about the parsha, aided by our very own Avremi who gave us a really inspirational Dvar Torah. Then after our delicious pizza lunch, we had the most spectacular Shabbos party ever! It started with a beautiful Dvar Torah said by Chaim Yaakov. Then we had our Yasher Koach awards and our movie of the week produced by the one and only Sara Schechter! She did an amazing job as usual! Toppings, the most incredible frozen yogurt in the world brought our Shabbat party to the next level as they donated frozen yogurt for everybody. Then we danced danced and danced to the music and lights extravaganza provided for us by ETTA Young Professionals. Can't believe 4 weeks our over. Thank G-D we still have one left! Can't wait for Monday! Shabbat Shalom! 

Don't forget to check out pictures -- and the video of the week!
Knott's Berry Farm!!!!
Knotts Day finally arrived! Everyone was so excited to load the coach bus and go. After a wonderful davening on the bus, we made it to the park and first we distributed snacks in our new lunchboxes. Thank you to Jonny Istrin & Alternative Homecare for donating them. And then once we got into the park, thanks to our special fast passes, we got to go on so many rides. For those who liked slow rides...there were terrific slow rides, and for those who liked fast rides...boy were there fast rides! And water rides! Everyone  had an awesome time, especially since this year we stayed one hour later at the park! Best Knotts trip ever!

Don't forget to check out the pictures of this amazing day on Facebook!
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