The first year of the Friendship Circle of Bergen County, NJ’s Hebrew school has ended, but the learning, growth and personal rewards for everyone involved have just begun.
From The Jewish Link:
“It is so rewarding to see they are learning, that the kids are comfortable enough to participate at shul or in school,” said Zeesy Grossbaum, executive director of the nonprofit organization that launched the area’s only special needs religious school last fall—a first for Friendship Circle of Bergen County. Forty-five students attended the Sunday morning program this year, which ended on May 22; Grossbaum expects enrollment to be in the 50-student range next term. The program is hosted at the Yeshiva of North Jersey in River Edge, NJ.
The Hebrew school idea was a natural outgrowth of the Friendship Circle’s mission, which is to provide outreach, programs and support to families of special needs children. Its broad program offerings provide socialization and enrichment for clients and respite and support for parents or caregivers, and inspires area teens to share their talents and experiences with differently abled children. The Bergen County chapter helps more than 200 families through programs for younger children and teens through age 21.