Category: General

Torah Circle Goes Virtual

Paints and canvas went together in one cellophane sack, recipe cards for winter cookies along with Cocoa, flour, and sugar in another. Then volunteers carefully packed them together in a bag, one for every...

Special Reunion

Lauren Sherman Doberman started volunteering with Friendship Circle in 2001, when she was 12. Back then, she visited Dina Kaufman in her home in Montclair as part of the [email protected] program. This week, Lauren...

DIY Shop, Cook & Art

First came the shopping checklist and a quick jaunt to ShopRite. Then, there was DIY sushi. And that was just the beginning of Cooking and Art at Lifetown in Livingston on a recent Wednesday...

Chanukah Celebrations

Wow! What an incredible eight nights of amazing programming Friendship Circle participants took part in! Here’s just a small selection. COOKING CLASS FC Jr. director Esty Grossbaum hosted a virtual Doughnut Cooking Show for...

Prestigious Jefferson Award Goes to …

Prestigious Jefferson Award Goes to …

Representing Friendship Circle and LifeTown, Toba and Rabbi Zalman Grossbaum were honored ea rlier this year with a New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Award. The award, which was started by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in...

safeTALK Speaks to Local Police Officers

Police officers from the Livingston and West Orange Police Departments were among the first people to attend safeTALK, a suicide-prevention workshop offered by Friendship Circle’s nascent UMatter program addressing mental health challenges. “The training...

Suiting Up for Swim Time

Construction on the second phase of LifeTown is getting underway, which means the indoor, zero-entry, therapeutic pool is soon to be a reality. The pool will have numerous interactive elements designed to foster movement...

Everyone Needs to Know, UMatter!

Friendship Circle is launching UMatter, a new initiative whose goal is to make sure that every person know that they matter. UMatter empowers teens to shatter the stigmas surrounding mental-health challenges through peer-to-peer projects...