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Founders: Rabbi Chaim and Rebbetzin Sara Wolosow

Together Rabbi and Rebbetzin Wolosow founded and direct Chabad of Sharon since 1986 till present.

Rabbi Wolosow is a founder and developer of website Kol Chaim Torah Recordings with over 5000 audio classes and texts in all areas of Classic Torah sources. Rebbetzin Wolosow influences women and girls of all ages and backgrounds and serves as a mentor.

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Directors: Rabbi Naftoli and Chanie Minkowitz

Rabbi Naftoli and Chanie are a young couple with enthusiasm, passion and experience. Naftoli has 9 years of formal and informal teaching experience with children and adults. Naftoli’s passion in community relations has brought him to travel to countries as far as Guatemala and Cambodia to meet Jews of all walks of life. Chanie has her Masters in Special Education and is returning to Sharon to give back to the community which, in many ways, molded her into the person she is. As a couple we are excited to work together to make a difference and create an inclusive, understanding, and unified Jewish community.

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Staff:

Consultant: Dr. Lawrence Cable, Phd. Ed. D. Dr.

Lawrence Cable earned his degree in Counseling Psychology at Boston University in 1977, where his studies included the needs of children with mental retardation and learning disabilities. Dr. Cable held many positions including: a school psychologist in the Randolph Public Schools, consulting psychologist for the Pauline Street School , an associate professor of psychology at Bridgewater State College (now University) and an active member of the Hunan Rights Committee of the Association of Retarded Citizens in Westwood, Massachusetts. Dr. Cable has been in private practice in Stoughton, Massachusetts since 1980, where he works with children, adolescents and adults, many of whom have special needs. Dr. Cable is looking forward to his future work with the children and parents in the Friendship Circle.

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Sunday Circle lead Teacher & program consultant: Lisa Klinger, MS Ed

Lisa began her career in education over 15 years ago as a college student working at a local area Hebrew school and as an ABA therapist providing home therapy to children with autism. She earned her masters in special education from Simmons college. Lisa worked in many places including the New England Center for Children, JSEC and Etgar (currently Gateways), Hebrew Schools and Synagogues. She held various positions including, case manager, lead teacher, and a learning and behavioral specialist. She is so excited to begin a new adventure with the Friendship circle !

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Leadership Team:

Larry Zmoira - SHS Junior

I am currently a Junior at Sharon High School, and have been a part of Friendship Circle Sharon since my Freshman year. My connection to Friendship Circle started when my sister, who was a leader at the time, introduced me to this amazing organization. Since then I have been visiting my special needs buddy almost every week. It feels great to be in the role of helping this organization grow. I am looking forward to having a great year with the help of volunteers, special friends, and parents. Thanks!

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Alexa Levitt - SHS Junior

As a Junior at Sharon High School, it isn't always easy to find one thing that draws me in, makes me overly excited, or that I'm exceptionally passionate about. But ever since I joined Friendship Circle as a freshman, having a special friend and being part of the program has exceeded my hopes in all of those aspects. I began working as a Friendship Circle Leader, as well as a volunteer in 2011, and I have watched special friends and volunteers build report in the most incredible ways. Having the unique opportunity to make a new friend in the FC program grants the irreplaceable feeling that comes from putting a smile on the face of someone who teaches you more than you could ever ask for. I am extremely excited for what is to come of Friendship Circle as it grows and to be working with such an amazing team of leaders, volunteers, and friends to make that happen.

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MVP (Mitzvah Volunteer Program) Leader: Maddie Rothstein

In search of a Bat Mitzvah Project that felt fulfilling and qualified, Maddie searched for a project that would give back to the community. Determined not to settle, Maddie spent days looking for “it.” When Maddie learned of Friendship Circle she found IT! Maddie took the initiative and eagerly accepted the role as MVP leader, already recruiting family and friends to join along on this new journey!

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Marathon Leader: Jillian Bunis

I am currently a junior studying nursing and fitness at the University of Pittsburgh and have been involved with Friendship Circle since 2010. My work with FC has given me the skills to effectively communicate with people from all different backgrounds, abilities, and walks of life. Besides working with Friendship Circle, I work in the ICU at Boston Medical Center, I am the Ambassador for CHAARG (a women's fitness organization), and am an active member in my sorority. Leading this Team Friendship in the 2016 Marathon combines my passion for helping people with my passion for fitness. I can't wait to challenge the team to push their limits and go beyond what they previously thought possible! Together we will make dreams come true.

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