Category: General

‘Celebrate Shabbat @Home’ Shines for Peace

2,200 free Shabbat kits delivered, people to pray for peace, blessings and harmony At time of uncertainty around the world and as a war rages overseas, thousands of Jews in Essex County, N.J., are...

MVP is Back!

Friendship Circle’s popular Mitzvah Volunteer Program (MVP), for tweens and teens in 6th and 7th grades, teaches the art of giving, volunteering, and making a difference. Learn the Jewish perspective on Tikkun Olam, improving...

‘Everyone is going through their own battles’

Friendship Circle aims to help teen mental health with UMatter program By LARRY YUDELSON – New Jersey Jewish News https://njjewishnews.timesofisrael.com/everyone-is-going-through-their-own-battles/ A new program led by Chabad rabbis aims to help teens support their peers through mental...

Tuesdays for 21+

Keren, from West Orange, had not been to a Friendship Circle program in over a year. Rachel Fink of North Caldwell, who had volunteered on and off with the Friendship Circle for five years...

Blossoms from St. Martin

Sheina Herrera lives in St. Martin, where it’s 85 degrees every day. “The weather never changes,” she said. When she moved there from West Orange over the summer with her husband so he could...

Club Night: Mug Masterpieces

Club Night always means a night of fun for Friendship Circle’s 21 and over crowd. Every month, the group gathers for socializing, activities, and of course, food. January’s club night featured paint your own...

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...