Summer@ETTA Life Skills Program Doubles Registration


Summer@ETTA is now in full swing! Summer@ETTA is a unique social and life skills summer program designed specifically for Jewish teens and young adults with special needs. This year enrollment has nearly doubled and over 100 people every day are attending the 20th year of this amazing five-week summer program.

The program started with a carnival that was equipped with a dunk tank, moon bounce and basketball hoops. The week capped off with a trip to the California Science Center, a screening of the movie, Jerusalem 3D and a viewing of the Endeavor Space Shuttle.

During the second week, Summer@ETTA took a trip to Hollywood and Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum and the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.

The CAP Program, a Summer@ETTA companion program geared towards individuals who have a high level of functioning skills, also had an amazing first two weeks at the program. They made honeypots out of clay which the participants will be using at Rosh Hashanah. Then they took a trip to the Hollywood Bowl and heard a rehearsal of the LA Philharmonic. They also travelled to the Venice Canals where they learned about the history of the canals before walking the streets and seeing Venice street art.

The friendships forming among participants and counselors, old and new, are the inspiring heart of the program. One counselor shared, “There are moments in life when you realize that the one you are helping is actually the one helping you. The client I work with is my superhero.”

ETTA, founded in 1993 in Los Angeles, California, and merged with OHEL in 2012, provides a full spectrum of services for adults with special needs. To contact ETTA visit or email