Founded on the belief of V’Ahavta L’Reacha Kamocha (love your fellow as yourself), The Friendship Circle is dedicated to creating a supportive Jewish community for special needs children, their families and high school volunteers, giving them the opportunity to unearth their potential, make positive life choices, and realize their dreams.

Since 2006, The Friendship Circle has accomplished its mission by:

  • Matching teen volunteers with special needs children and their families
  • Developing a network of programs and services for children with special needs offered by caring adults and trained peers
  • Creating a sense of responsibility and connection to the Jewish community for high school students and families of children with special needs through enriching educational and social opportunities.
  • Providing workshops, lectures, programs and parties for parents of children who have special needs.