Friendship Circle turns friends into family

Anna Brown

Special Friend


Our Mission

The Friendship Circle exists to bring happiness and companionship to children and young adults with special needs by celebrating their individuality, as well as bringing energy, support, and peace of mind to their families.

To do this, we focus on developing the values of altruism, compassion, and acceptance in our teen volunteers as we heighten community awareness and sensitivity and encourage a sense of responsibility and involvement.


How We See It

Everyone in this world has a unique purpose. When we focus on abilities instead of disabilities, those with special needs can be part of the strongest friendships and influence people in positive ways that others can’t. Unwavering acceptance, positive thinking, honesty, and commitment are just a few of the important lessons these individuals teach by example.

What We Do

Friendship Circle chapters in local communities create meaningful relationships and friendships between teen volunteers and children with special needs, increasing confidence, igniting dreams, and redefining worldviews for both parties.

Friendship Circle International has more than 80 regional chapters around the world and counting.

The Rebbe Our Inspiration

Lovingly known as “The Rebbe,” Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of blessed memory, had an unconditional love for people that knew no bounds. He made everyone feel that they belonged, that they were at home. With a warm smile that would heal every aching heart, the Rebbe was always there, offering counsel and blessings, comfort and hope, and even material help, as well.

The core of the Rebbe’s teachings is that none of us is complete unless all of us are included. It is this concept that motivates the Friendship Circle.

Our Team

Our Founders

Zalman and Toba Grossbaum

Yossi and Estie Marozov

Levi and Bassie Shemtov

Action Team

Bentzion Groner

Mendel Groner

Binie Harlig

Sarita Jacobson

Rivkah Katz
Leah Lew

Sholom Simon

Our Programs

*Friendship Circle chapters are independently owned and operated. All programs, events and/or services listed here are for informational purposes only. Friendship Circle International takes no responsibility for any errors or for any of the programming/services offered.


Friendship Circle International

816 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11213


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Affiliated with worldwide Chabad Lubavitch • Founded in 1994 in Detroit, MI • A division of the Shluchim Office

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