Newsletter – May is Mental Health Awareness Month

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Community Dance, A Huge Success!

Our 3rd Annual Special Needs Community Dance was a hit.  We are so lucky to receive continued support from Capture Your Life In Pictures, FritoLay, and D.J. Johnny J.  A special thanks to our volunteers for helping set up for our western theme and socializing with our members. The event has grown each year and we look forward to being with more of our friends next year on Saturday, March 2, 2019.

Did You Know…

May is Mental Health Awareness Month?
Our local Arizona NAMI chapter has many resources…

One in Six U.S. Adults Live with Mental Illness?

Actor Ryan Reynolds has Battled Anxiety for Many Years?

Announcements – Events

We had a great time bowling at Let It Roll Bowl on May 6. Don’t miss our next events.  Our Community Event Calendar is out from May-December!  Check to see what events are happening each month.

Simchat Shabbat 2017 – Always Free – All are Welcome!
May 19
Services are on Saturdays taking place at Congregation Beth Israel – 10460 N 56th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85253; Please contact Jacquelyn at to RSVP or with any questions.
Note: June 9 and August 18 – Summer Simchat Shabbat’s will take place at Temple Emanuel of Tempe – Kiddush lunch to follow

Detour Company Theatre  – Sunday, June 10 at 2:30PM at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, FREE TO ATTEND; Performance: School of Rock

Pool Party – Sunday, July 15 from 9:30AM-11:00AM at the Valley of the Sun JCC – start with your friends at Gesher and stay for a Sunday JCation StayCation

Jewish Community Day – Sunday August 26 at 1:10PM at Chase Field –
D-backs vs. Seattle Marines (community grant covers cost of tickets)

Fundraising Moments

Thanks to our generous sponsors for their support, we are able to continue in our mission to support individuals with special needs and their families in the Jewish community to lead fuller lives.  Gesher Disability Resources is thrilled to recognize our sponsors.

The high holidays will be here before we know it and that means it’s time for one of our most popular fundraisers – “Honey From The Heart”. This is when you can send an 8 oz. jar of Kosher clover honey to your friends and family to wish them a sweet new year.  Too much honey in the pantry? Consider sending one of our new holiday Tribute Cards. Everything will arrive in time for Rosh Hashanah.  Look for the information in your mailbox, or contact for more details.

Mark your calendar and plan to join us on Saturday, November 3,  at a masquerade ball where we will honor“The Faces Of Gesher” at this year’s annual fundraising gala. Did you receive your request to join us as a sponsorship partner? You could get your name in our media release and social media recognition, along with a greeting in our tribute book. Contact for more details.

Gesher Disability Resources is a Qualifying Charitable Organization with the State of Arizona Tax Credit Program. Please consider donating up to $800 per couple filing jointly or $400 per individual and receive a dollar-for-dollar CREDIT on your Arizona State Taxes.

Help us by making a donation and sharing with your contacts on social media.
Thank you for supporting Gesher Disability Resources and wishing a Happy Mother’s Day to all our moms!

Shabbat Shalom,

Gesher Disability Resources
formerly Council For Jews With Special Needs
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