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Jan 20, 2021

Program Allows Parents and Grandparents of Children With Disabilities to Catch Their Breath

Catching Breath

Taking a break from everyday stress is particularly challenging for parents and grandparents of children with disabilities. To help them decompress, the Miami Jewish Abilities Alliance, a Federation program, created Catching Your Breath. The three-part virtual series offers an hour of Jewish-themed, stress-reducing strategies, entertainment and socialization at no charge. The final session on Thursday, February 4 at 8 p.m. has been expanded to include more families. The camaraderie has been especially welcomed during COVID-19. Parent participant Avigayil Shaffren said, “I have had the opportunity to meet people with a shared connection who I wouldn’t have met otherwise. It has been wonderful.” Participants will receive a home-delivered kosher meal so they can participate without worrying about preparing dinner.

The series has provided an engaging and enjoyable experience to attendees. They have taken a virtual tour of the Levinsky Market in Tel Aviv, learned Israeli dances and relaxed with stress reduction techniques. “I’m busy 24-7 between my children and therapy sessions and this is a break, which is sometimes exactly what you need,” added Shaffren.

The vision of the Miami Jewish Abilities Alliance is to promote an inclusive, spirited environment that celebrates the diversity in our community and the uniqueness of every member. It is the Jewish community’s network that links individuals with disabilities, and their families, to resources, services, support groups, workshops and clinics and recreational programs within their community. Click here to learn more about the Miami Jewish Abilities Alliance.

Space is limited. RSVP here by 10 a.m. on Monday, February 1.

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