Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Volunteer Project


We’re excited to present the Friendship Circle UES Bar/Bat Mitzvah Project! A wonderful opportunity for 11, 12 & 13 year old boys and girls to celebrate their coming of age milestone by engaging with kids who have special needs. The project includes a wholesome blend of training, volunteering and fundraising.


The group will explore different disabilities and the challenges that our friends face, the Jewish perspectives on inclusion, how we should view individuals with special needs, what to do in challenging situations and more. Four 1.5-hour sessions


Participants plan, coordinate & volunteer at a family fun day for children with special needs.

If a participant would like to continue volunteering for the remainder of the school year, they can do so at the Friendship Circle holiday programs or at the 4 seasonal Friendship Circle camps. 


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.

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

3. Create your own mini fundraising event.


Two Sessions during the year: Fall & Winter.