Bar & Bat Mitzvah project

We’re excited to present the Friendship Circle UES Bar/Bat Mitzvah Project! A wonderful opportunity for 11 & 12 year old boys and girls to celebrate their coming of age milestone by engaging with kids who have disabilities in our community. The project includes a wholesome blend of studying, volunteering and fundraising.



The group will explore the various challenges that children with special needs face, how to engage with the children in a positive way, the Jewish perspective on inclusion and the power they each have - as the next generation of young leaders - to mold the Jewish future through kindness and compassion. Four 1-hour sessions led by the FC directors Sara & Shlomo Gutnick. Girls led by Sara, boys by Shlomo.



Participants are immediately given the opportunity to put what they learn into practice by volunteering at the Sunday Circle program. Sunday Circle is one of Friendship Circle’s flagship programs for children with special needs. Kids are dropped off in the hands of loving volunteers and qualified professionals for two hours of fun, entertainment, creativity, and social interaction. Numerous activities are on offer, including music, art, baking, sports, bounce house and facilitated sensory play. Each child is paired up with a volunteer buddy. Kids are ages 4 – 15 and Volunteers are ages 11 – 17. Our Bar and Bat Mitzvah group volunteer at 5 Sunday Circles during which they are typically paired up with a younger child and an older volunteer.



The tremendous impact that Friendship Circle UES has is only possible with the generous support of the community. People are accustomed to giving and receiving monetary gifts in honor of a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, the fundraising element of this project is an opportunity to make those gifts even more meaningful. We have three options for participants to choose from and are here to assist every step of the way.

1. Invite family and friends to make a donation to Friendship Circle UES in lieu of Bar/Bat Mitzvah gifts with a dedicated webpage on the Friendship Circle website and a fundraising goal.

2. Dedicate a portion or all monetary gifts received for your Bar/Bat Mitzvah to the Friendship Circle program of your choice.

3. Create your own mini fundraising event


We will be offering two sessions for the 2018/19 school year, session 1 starting in November and session 2 starting in January. Participants complete one session. We recommend that teens participate in the session closer to their Bar/Bat Mitzvah date.


Volunteering - Sundays 11am – 1:30pm

Study group - Day and time will be determined by majority consensus from the group



Nov 5-30 - Study Group 2x

Nov 11 - Volunteer @ Sunday Circle

Dec 2 - Volunteer @ Sunday Circle

Dec 3-20 – Study Group 1x

Dec 16 - Volunteer @ Sunday Circle

Jan 6 - Volunteer @ Sunday Circle

Jan 7-30 - Study Group 1x

Jan 20 - Volunteer @ Sunday Circle

Dec 26-28 - Volunteer @ Winter Camp



Jan 29-30 - Study Group 1x

Feb 3 - Volunteer @ Sunday Circle

Feb 24 - Volunteer @ Sunday Circle

March 4-28 - Study Group 2x

March 10 - Volunteer @ Sunday Circle

March 24 - Volunteer @ Sunday Circle

April 1-11 - Study Group 1x

April 7 - Volunteer @ Sunday Circle


Feb 17-18 - Volunteer @ Presidents Camp

FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE UPPER EAST SIDE • 419 East 77th Street, New York, NY 10075 • (212) 348-2527

The Friendship Circle is a DBA of Chabad Lubavitch Upper East Side. A non-profit 501 (c)3 organization; (Federal tax ID#: 11-3083540)

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