Friendship Circle’s Mitzvah Volunteer Program offers a unique volunteer opportunity for 11 – 13 year old boys and girls who are preparing for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Participants in this program will learn about various disabilities, how to interact with children who have special needs, the importance of giving back to the community, and the new role they play as they reach this momentous occasion. All participants are required to attend a minimum of training sessions which will take place on Sundays from 12:00 -1:00 p.m. followed by Sunday circle (1:30-3:30pm). During the first 3 Sunday Circles, each Mitzvah Volunteer will be paired with a Senior Volunteer who will guide them in how to be a Special friend.
Once all three training sessions and practice Sunday Circles are complete, the participant can then be an official Friendship Circle Volunteer!
Participants deepen the experience by attending 3 learning sessions during which they explore the Jewish concept of loving your fellow and how it shapes our attitude toward inclusion, in the context of coming of age. Led by the directors of the Friendship Circle, this promises to be an engaging and practical study. Boys will learn with Rabbi Shlomo Gutnick, girls with Mrs. Sara Gutnick.
Bar & Bat Mitzvah age teens have the unique opportunity of partnering with Friendship Circle by opting to forward monetary gifts to the Friendship Circle cause. Here's how it works: a fundraising web page will be designed and posted to the Friendship Circle site. Participants can share their page with family and friends who wish to send monetary gifts in honor of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Proceeds will help us further develop and expand our programs to benefit more special children and their families.