After School Special Needs Centers

An afternoon spent at Ezrat Achim’s special needs division is like an afternoon spent with a favorite aunt, or even the child’s grandparents. Most children need only catch sight of Ezrat Achim’s blue and white minivan approaching their building to begin jumping up and down in excitement. They know they are going to a place where love is offered freely and without judgement; a home away from home where they enjoy valuable, lasting friendships. Remarkably, the dynamics of love and friendship are far from one-sided. Special needs children have a unique capacity for love and affection.


While it is no easy task to care for a special needs child, our staff and volunteers derive great satisfaction from the enriching experience. It isn’t only the children who come away feeling valued and safe. People from all walks of life – differing cultures, backgrounds and religious affiliation; parents, staff, volunteers, bus drivers and therapists are brought together as their lives are touched by a special needs child.


For parents, having their child attend one of Ezrat Achim’s after-school centers provides an invaluable opportunity to meet other parents with similar challenges; people who get what they are going through and whom they can relate to on so many levels. At Ezrat Achim, we understand the challenge and feeling of helplessness that parents of special needs children can sometimes face. Caring for a special needs child can often be a round-the-clock project.


Each afternoon, at Ezrat Achim Special Needs Centers throughout the city, under the guidance of professional staff and dedicated volunteers, Ezrat Achim’s Special Needs
Day Care Centers care for dozens of special needs children, ranging in age from 4 to 14, with differing levels of developmental and cognitive delays. During the most difficult
hours of the afternoon, from 3-7 PM, after the regular school day ends, the children enjoy hours of recreation and friendship, as they develop essential skills and gain confidence in their abilities. Children with a range of disabilities, enjoy playing with an assortment of educational toys and crafts, exploring the Gymboree, and engaging in a variety of other important skill-building activities. Through an array of interpersonal exercises, our team of professionals and volunteers work together to stimulate optimal growth for each child.


The children enjoy a warm, nutritious meal and then they are brought home on our special Ezrat Achim vans. Our goal is to provide a secure and fun setting for special children, in addition to giving their parents and families vitally needed respite.


Center for children with Developmental Delays 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Center for children with Autism 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Who it is for

Children with special needs.

How It Works

For more info or to register your child, please call Ezrat Achim:

Volunteers at the association
Tova R., age 19

There is no greater light than that which shines from the sparkling eyes of a special needs child. Volunteering at Ezrat Achim’s special needs center has helped me to understand what life is really all about!

Mrs. G., age 56

Being an Ezrat Achim volunteer has changed my perspective on life. I used to complain about the fact that my days are boring and routine. Now I know what a tremendous bracha that is!

Moshe R., age 60

I thought of volunteering for Ezrat Achim for so long and kept pushing it off. Around six months ago, I finally picked up the phone and called and became a volunteer. I’m so glad I did! It’s a big zechus to be an Ezrat Achim volunteer- I recommend it to anyone who has even an hour a week to spare!

Rachel J., age 37

The feelings I have about being an Ezrat Achim volunteer are hard to put into words. You have to be involved with helping others in order to understand how good it makes you feel!

Dini S., age 17

People always tell me that I give so much to the special needs kids that I volunteer with. But the truth is that I get so much more from them. I can honestly say that I am a different person now, than I was before I started volunteering at Ezrat Achim’s special needs center!


Volunteering is one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself! As an organization dedicated to chessed and caring for others, Ezrat Achim is proud of our amazing volunteers from all across Beit Shemesh who do so much good for the community!

At Ezrat Achim, we believe that volunteering, aside from providing assistance to the person receiving the help, benefits the volunteer on a personal level and society as a whole.

Looking to be a part of something good? Looking to spark your volunteer spirit?

You are invited to become one of the hundreds of members of Ezrat Achim’s family of volunteers.

We’re waiting to hear from you!
Let us know what you can do!

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