The Lubavitcher Rebbe: The Inspiration for the Friendship Circle
The Rebbe's unconditional love of people knew no bounds. At the core of the Rebbe's teachings is the concept that every jew has a G-dly soul, a piece of the divine within him/her. Having that perspective shifts our focus from the external of another person and allows us to appreciate the internal strengths and awesome abilities that each person has within. Love, acceptance, and Jewish unity are the legacy of the Rebbe and things we hold dear at the friendship circle.
It is the principal of Jewish unity, the notion that "we as individuals are not complete unless all of us are included", that provides our motivation to bridge the gap between families of children with special needs and the general community.