About Us

Mission

The Friendship Circle is based on the Biblical commandment of V’Ahavta L’Reacha Kamocha, “to love your fellow as yourself.”

The Friendship Circle carries out that concept in life-changing ways by:

  • Engaging children and teens with special needs through a full range of experiences.
  • Supporting parents and family members with much needed respite and support.
  • Enriching, inspiring and motivating teens to share their time and talents with others.
  • Connecting teen volunteers, children with special needs, and their families to the Jewish community through educational and social opportunities.

By fulfilling its mission, the Friendship Circle is helping to build a better world for children with special needs, one good deed at a time.

 

Vision

We envision a world in which children with special needs and their families experience acceptance, inclusion and friendship.

We envision a time when children with special needs will be seen and accepted as contributing members of society.

We envision stimulating programs and activities in which teen volunteers, children with special needs, and their families find meaning, purpose, and self-value.

We envision a Jewish community that embraces children with special needs and their families, and allows each person to contribute in his/her own way.

We envision teen volunteers developing into leaders of
tomorrow’s Jewish community; leaders who are sensitive to others and their needs.