Simchat Shabbat special needs services offered in Scottsdale

Council For Jews With Special Needs, a nonprofit disability agency devoted to providing programs, services, and resources to help all Jews, and individuals attending Jewish schools, with disabilities and their families, has announced the dates for 2015-16 Simchat Shabbat season:

Nov. 14 at Temple Kol Ami in Scottsdale and Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 10, March 12, April 16 and May 28 at Congregation Beth Israel in Scottsdale.

Summer services will be hosted by Temple Emanuel of Tempe.

All services begin at noon and last approximately 45 minutes. The general public is encouraged to join the services.

Congregation Beth Israel is located at 10460 N 56th St, Scottsdale. Temple Kol Ami is at 15030 N 64th St, Scottsdale.

Temple Emanuel of Tempe is located at 5801 S. Rural Road in Tempe.

The first Simchat Shabbat service took place at CBI in 2007. The goal was to have a place where adults with special needs and their families could worship together.

The service was created in partnership with CBI, including specially designed prayer books that were funded through a generous community grant.

With the success of the school year, summer services were added at Temple Emanuel of Tempe. In 2008, Simchat Shabbat won the esteemed Belle Latchman Community Service Award for Best Project Enhancing the Quality of Jewish Life.

“Nine years in, and it is still the most joyous service you will ever attend,” said Stacy Rosenthal, co-creator of Simchat Shabbat. “Everyone is welcome and no one is turned away. The only rule, it is a ‘no shush’ service and a place where God hears all prayers.”

Simchat Shabbat reservations are not required, but appreciated.

Call the CJSN offices at 480-629-5343 or send an e-mail to

For more information about CJSN, please visit


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