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Grace & Ely a"h Ashkenazi

Family Division

Strengthening Families by Supporting our Children

The youngest members of our community can reap the benefits of our notable programs and resources in the Family Services Division. We believe that encouraging and caring for our children, especially those who are struggling, is at the core of the SBH mission. Educational, recreational and motivational programming keeps our children safe, happy and healthy, which in turn has a big impact on the entire family structure and the future of our community.

This Year's Highlights
in school-based government services acquired for 803 children through S.E.A.R.C.H.
Big Brother/Sisters Paired with Children in Need
Camp Scholarships Provided

Lucille & and Arthur Greenberg
S.E.A.R.C.H Program
SEARCH’s mission is to enable our community’s children to complete their schooling successfully, with both their education and self-esteem intact. SEARCH stands for Sephardic Educational Advocacy and Resources for Children, and its main objective is to help parents through the process of obtaining free services from the Department of Education. These services include speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, counseling and resource room. In addition, we help identify appropriate school placement for children with special needs. Since 1997, SEARCH has been advocating for children in all community schools, over 1800 in 2015 alone. We also run relevant educational programming for the community in the area of education and children’s issues.  For more information about S.E.A.R.C.H., contact Sari Tawil at 718-787-1100 x361

Reach for the Stars Respite Program
Reach for the Stars is a program for volunteer community members to help young adults with autism grow socially and independently. The volunteers are trained by professionals on how to manage children and adults on the autism spectrum and how to cope with certain behaviors. Launched in the year 2000, this program has achieved many years of success due its dedicated volunteers.

Amy Haber a”h Children’s Tutoring Program
Our Homework Club offers the help of professional teachers and volunteers in a group setting. In addition, children of clients who need one on-one help are connected with a volunteer tutor that can work with them at SBH or in the privacy of their home.
Sofia & Lazar Stein a”h Big Brother Big Sister
For over 20 years, young adult volunteers have been matched with the children of our clients to form 1-on-1 relationships through mentorship and fun. The volunteers – called “Bigs” – act as positive role models to the children – called “Littles.” Outings are every other Sunday, with group trips periodically throughout the year.

Home Makeover Program


It was heartwarming in the most indescribably satisfying way to have been a part of the Big Brother Big Sister program.
– Leon Tawil, Big Brother volunteer ”

 This letter is in appreciation for the hard work you did for our special education daughter. You helped her change her school from public to Jewish. She was under no supervision for kosher food, missing Jewish education and environment, and for that we send special thanks. ”

We want to thank you so much for your most precious and generous gift of tefillin.  ”

Reach for the Stars: 718-787-1100 x379
Big Brother Big Sister: sbhbigbrotherbigsister@gmail
SEARCH: 718-787-1100 x304