New parents of special needs children are often thrust into an unfamiliar world. Suddenly, an avalanche of new financial, medical, educational and emotional concerns have to be tended to. Trying to navigate that new world on one’s own can be a daunting task.

To help parents deal with that daunting task, Agudath Israel of America’s New Jersey office, has established a new special needs division, Yahalom. Yahalom will help those parents obtain the appropriate resources by guiding, educating and empowering parents to ensure they have the help and support they need.

Yahalom is headed by Mrs. Chana Laniado, who has dealt with the special needs community for over a decade. To contact Mrs. Laniado, please call 848-285-8444 or email

Yahalom Founding Committee: Rabbi Avi Schnall, Mr. Moishe Netzer, Mr. Shloime Zeldes, Mr. Moshe Tress, Mr. Shmuli Werdiger.