created at: 2012-02-02Chaverim Chaim: Friends for Life. What an apt description for a program that brings together Jewish adults from different neighborhoods, backgrounds and abilities to celebrate something they have in common: a desire to see beyond their challenges and be connected to the world and each other!

Chaverim Chaim, a collaboration of the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston, Jewish Family & Children’s Service, and Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters, is promoted as a “social group.” But there’s so much more to be said about what happens there: 

  • Harvest Cooking teaches and reinforces skills like measuring, preparing and sharing food, learning about Fall holidays and each other—and cleaning up!
  • Shabbat Dinner creates a relaxing space for enjoying ritual and celebrating our mutual heritage
  • Zumba—led by a certified instructor who happens to have Down Syndrome—inspires us to remember that caring for our bodies is important … and fun

These are just three examples of the Chaverim in action. The group is open to all adults ages 18 and up with developmental challenges. For more information contact the JCC at

Chaverim Chaim next meets on Saturday night, February 25th for Havadalah and Dancing. Learn more and RSVP.






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