Friendship Circle Boy Volunteers End Year with BBQ

To end off a year of amazing programs at Friendship Circle, FC treated the Boys Division volunteers to an end-of-year barbeque. The dedicated volunteers use their one-hour dinner break to attend Friendship Circle programs, no matter what else is going on.

As one FC parent noted, “M is used to having girls come for Friends at Home. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go with Bochurim this year, changing what he is used to, the visit would be at a later hour and all the general concerns that come along with any changes to my sons routine. M loves being part of the boys division this year, and especially loves his volunteers! The late hour doesn’t bother him at all. We are so grateful to be part of Friendship Circle!”

At the barbeque, the boys took turns speaking about what their experience at Friendship Circle meant to them and how much they loved volunteering. The evening ended with niggunim around the bonfire, and receiving their FC sweaters. We are looking forward to working with our incredible volunteers next year!

Big thanks to Tzvi Gewirtz, director of the Boys Division, for all the time and effort he put into this event, and to all the boys programs year-round!


Torah Marks Boy’s Bar Mitzvah

Crown Heights residents Dovi and Racheli Chaimson have commisioned a new Sefer Torah to be written in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Baruch Schneur.

Family, friends and members of Friendship Circle Brooklyn participated in the ceremony held in the backyard of their home on Thursday, Lag BaOmer.

The boy’s uncle R’ Gershon Chaimson, a sofer stam, conducted the writing of the first letters in the scroll and invited community members to inscribe them.

The parents expressed their appreciation to all who came out to honor the occasion and celebrate with them.

The Torah will be dedicated to Friendship Circle. Some of its members were on-hand to participate in the dancing around the bonfire that followed the ceremony.

Friendship Circle Gives Boys “Open Mic”

The YAD Boys Division gathered in the JCM for a special evening of live music, dancing, and a talent showcase. The program began with a performance with guest musician Shmuly Lieberman, whose music got all the boys up on their feet.

The Open Mic gave the boys an opportunity to shine, share laughs, and impress the audience with their talents.  Some boys chose to sing their favorite songs, while others told their favorite jokes to the audience.

Together with the musical accompaniment and the amazing volunteers, the event concluded on a high note with the boys breaking out in lively dancing.

Special thanks to all those who made this possible.

FC Boys Farbreng for Tu Bshvat

On the day after Tu B’shvat, the Boys Division of Friendship Circle gathered at the JCM for an inspiring Farbrengen. The boys participated in various activities that represented the many special days that occur in the special month of Shvat.

The boys built colorful candy trees to celebrate Tu B’shvat with ice cream cones, chocolate, popcorn, and green frosting. In honor of Yud Shvat, everyone seeded grass gardens, alluding the Basi L’Gani Maamer, and colored in special thank-you cards to the Rebbe. Some boys chose to make extra thank-you notes for the dedicated volunteers. The boys were also able to create bright sand art in honor of the upcoming month of Adar.

As the boys sat down to a delicious Fleishig dinner, they sang niggunim with their arms around eachother. Everyone listened intently as special guest, Rabbi Simcha Raskin, told stories about the Frierdiker Rebbe’s Mesiras Nefesh for Ahavas Yisroel. Rabbi Raskin made each story more and more exciting as he used a different voice for each character, and even brought some props to bring the story alive! As the evening came to a close, more niggunim were sung, and everyone left feeling energized and ready continue doing more Mitzvos with Chayus! Thank you to Mendel Weiss for arranging the Farbrengen.

A ‘Special’ 19 Kislev Farbrengen

Over 50 boys and Bochurim of Friendship Circle Brooklyn’s Boys Division gathered at the Jewish Children’s Museum for a special Farbrengen.

First, the boys ate a delicious pizza supper as they socialized and caught up with their friends. As they ate, the boys sang beautiful niggunim.

Then, it was time to start the scavenger hunt! The room was set up with various “stations” to represent the many different Chassidishe Yomim Tovim that happen in the month of Kislev. Everyone received a page with clues that led them from booth to booth – they had to visit each station in order to “Get out of Jail,” just like the Alter Rebbe was freed from prison on Yud Tes Kislev.

At each station, there was a special activity or game related to the Chassidishe Yom Tov. The boys were able to learn more about the extraordinary things that happened for the Rebbeim and the Chassidim during the special month of Kislev! Some of the dates included in the scavenger hunt are Rosh Chodesh Kislev, Beis Kislev, Tes/Yud Kislev, Yud Daled Kislev, and Yud Tes Kislev. After visiting each booth, the boys moved on to decorate delicious Chanukah-themed cookies.

As the evening ended, the boys sat together with their arms around each other and sang Padah B’Sholom. It was so beautiful to hear everyone’s voices come together in unison as they sang the Niggun.Abba Wolosow then shared some stories about the Mitteler Rebbe and explained how the lessons are relevant to everyday life. Everyone went home feeling uplifted and inspired by the wonderful evening.

Thank you to Mendel Weiss, Boys Divison Coordinator, for organizing the Farbrengen, and to Rabbi Abba Wolosow for Farbrenging with the boys. Thank you to the volunteers of the Friendship Circle for bringing an incredible energy and Chayus to the program!

Friendship Circle Marks Yud Shvat

The Friendship Circle of Brooklyn hosted a grand Yud Shvat Farbrengen for its Boys Divison with speaker Rabbi Chaim Majesky.

The Friendship Circle of Brooklyn, under the direction of RabbiBerel and Chani Majesky, hosted a grand Yud Shvat Farbrengen for its Boys Divison.

Hosted at the all new renovated Geshem Center, the boys gathered for a little pre-Tu B’Shvat activity; planting. Placing soil and seeds in bottles, watering them and having the opportunity to take their little plants home and watch the miracle of creation unfold.

While enjoying hot pizza, Rabbi Chaim Majesky shared a couple of amazing stories of our Rebbe, encouraging the boys and their volunteers to turn to the Rebbe for Brochos whenever they may need. The program concluded with Niggunim and games.

The Boys Division is directed by Yossi Smoller, who together with over 40 Oholei Torah Bochurim, offer a variety of weekly and monthly programs and events including: Friends@Home, Weekly Chavrusah Program at Oholei Torah Zal, Shabbos Minyan and monthly events and Farbrengens.

We would like to thank the Geshem Center for allowing us the use of their beautiful facility, and a special thank you to the generous donors, without whom, none of this would be possible.