Friendship Circle Hebrew Club

About FC Hebrew Club

Friendship Circle Hebrew School’s innovative and developmentally appropriate program is dedicated to providing opportunities for children who have special needs to develop their spiritual growth through experiencing religious practices. We focus on "functional Jewish Education" - education aimed to promote an active Jewish life by teaching daily Jewish life skills, knowledge and concepts. As a result, students acquire a sense of identity and inclusion as members of the Jewish community, Teen volunteers develop meanginful relationships with our students as they learn together through music, movement, art, stories, interactive learning groups, and role play.

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Every Jewish person, regardless of age, gender and ability, shares the same need for religious connection and community. The Friendship Circle is predicated on the belief that each and every individual can be a productive member of the Jewish community and society as a whole.

Children who have special needs are at risk of social, religious and cultural isolation. In order to grow academically, these children require a specialized education which is not currently available in local South Broward schools. Friendship Circle Hebrew School’s innovative and developmentally appropriate program is dedicated to providing opportunities for children who have special needs to develop their spiritual growth through experiencing religious practices. As a result, they acquire a sense of acceptance and inclusion as contributing members of the Jewish community.

Another unique facet of the Friendship Circle Hebrew School is the opportunity for teen volunteers to develop meaningful relationships with our children. By befriending and aiding in the children’s Jewish education, the teens develop compassion, understanding, responsibility, and their own sense of self worth. Naturally, they are more likely to become adults who are inclusive of (comfortable with and sensitive to the needs of) people with different abilities and actively involved with this population.

The Friendship Circle Hebrew School aims to inspire and be a catalyst for an integrated Jewish community comprising of children with special needs, typical teen volunteers, staff, and the families and extended communities of all involved. The Friendship Circle Hebrew School addresses a vital need in the South Broward Jewish community.