Oriel Weinberg joined JFCS in 2022, bringing an extensive background in Disability Services. With 14 years of prior experience managing group residences and day habilitation services, Oriel was well-prepared to take the helm of the Disability Services Department as it faced heightened compliance requirements from Medicaid and New Jersey’s Division of Developmental Disabilities.
Since Oriel’s arrival at JFCS, the department has made significant strides, introducing new programs such as Benefits Counseling, Ticket to Work, Career Planning, and the S.T.A.R. Prevocational Program. Their outreach efforts have expanded throughout the community, resulting in a notable increase in the number of clients served, especially through Supported Employment, Soups & Sweets culinary training, Community Based Supports, and Self-Hired Respite.
In his role as Director of Disability Services, Oriel oversees a diverse range of programs. He provides support to program managers, overseeing the supervision and administration of their specific program needs. Furthermore, he has fostered strategic partnerships with the Jewish Federation’s Special Needs Area of Impact and the Katz JCC’s Community Inclusion Program, thereby enhancing resources and facilitating joint ventures for the community. Oriel is readily available as a resource for the intellectually and developmentally disabled community, actively encouraging those with questions and concerns to reach out to him. He believes that the path to delivering quality services hinges upon offering person-centered services, emphasizing possibilities over probabilities, and working with the dedicated staff who provide direct support to clients.
Oriel holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film from Brooklyn College. In his leisure time, Oriel enjoys hiking and sports with his wife and three children. He also takes pleasure in spending time with his extended family, playing basketball, reading, watching classic movies, and socializing with clients in TOPS and Soups & Sweets.