Friendship Circle

Chabad’s Friendship Circle matches teen volunteers with children who have special needs, and their time together benefits everyone involved. Children of all faiths who must cope with autism or other disabilities look forward to frequent visits from kind, caring peers -- and the volunteers feel the joy of befriending someone less fortunate.

The Friendship Circle program began in 1994 and there are now 82 chapters across America -- including a dozen in California. Nationwide, more than 11,000 teen volunteers are participating, and plans are in the works to expand the program further.

The Friendship Circle is committed to serving all members of the community regardless of religious affiliation. In addition to helping those in need, the Circle empowers and enriches its network of volunteers, the majority of whom are teenagers, by enabling them to reap the vast rewards of giving of themselves.

The Friendship Circle consists of five parts -- volunteers, children, parents, staff, and supporters. The true beauty of the Circle is how all of the elements link together to form a seamless community of friendship. Just as a circle has neither end nor beginning, the Friendship Circle community offers promise, hope and love that have no bounds. Who can say who benefits most from the program -- the child with special needs who learns how to ride a bicycle, or her parents who get a much needed break, or the volunteer whose spirit soars to new heights?

• Friendship Circle reaches over 5,000 children with special needs annually.

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A Very Special Bar Mitzvah

 

$180
For your donation of $180, this official sports cap and designer shirt, artfully embroidered with a "sporty interpretation" of the iconic Dancing Rabbi, will be yours to wear and cherish. We thank Action Embroidery for generously sponsoring this gift.

$360
For your gift of $360, this 30"x 30" signed and numbered limited edition lithograph by renowned Israeli artist Raphael Abecassis will grace your home or office. We thank Raphael Abecassis for sponsoring this gift.

$500
For your generous donation of $500, you will receive this custom-made Croton Tonneau Timepiece, featuring a striking black textured dial with Hebrew markers and the iconic Dancing Rabbi. Constructed of stainless steel with a genuine leather strap. We thank the Croton Group for generously sponsoring this gift.

$1,000
For your gift of $1,000, we will send you this Letterman Jacket, joyfully embroidered with the Dancing Rabbi. The combination of high quality leather and rich wool gives this jacket a sophisticated, upscale twist. Made of 24-ounce melton wool with 100% genuine leather sleeves. We thank Action Embroidery for generously sponsoring this gift.

$1,800
For your generous donation of $1,800, Cosmo Collection proudly presents this stunning, new Menorah. Hand-crafted from fine pewter, it is then enameled by-hand and exquisitely inlaid with genuine Swarovski and Austrian crystals. Measuring 13" tall by 13.5" wide, the Menorah is masterfully set on a base of solid wood, and will bring light and comfort to you and your family. We thank Cosmo Collection for generously sponsoring the Menorah, and Awards Plus USA for generously sponsoring the base.

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