A Motzei Shabbos in the winter may seem to drag on and on, but for a group of young women with special needs, it never seems long enough.
The Friendship Circle of Brooklyn’s Young Adult Division (Girls) recently celebrated their fifth year of their winter Motzei Shabbos Zumba fitness workshop. Under the direction of Mushki Tenenbaum and Zumba instructor Numi Perla, 40 girls got together every Saturday evening for sixty minutes of ‘non-stop’ dance and exercise.
The final weekend culminated in a recital and Melave Malka for all mothers. As the program began, the girls performed their rehearsed songs and dances. Then, everyone gathered in a large circle and tried to follow along as each girl got the chance to show off her own freestyle dance moves in the center! It was a remarkable sight, watching the girls in action!
Mrs. Chani Majesky, director of the Friendship Circle, shared some inspirational words as gifts were presented to the volunteers and coordinators.
A group of young women attended the kickoff event for Friendship Circle of Brooklyn’s newest branch – Alumni and Friends.
Introducing Friendship Circle of Brooklyn’s Newest Branch: Alumni and Friends.
A group of young women who are currently living in Crown Heights attended the kickoff event for Friendship Circle of Brooklyn’s newest branch – Alumni and Friends. The event, hosted at Congregation Shul, displayed a gorgeous array of desserts.
This newest branch of FC Brooklyn aims to get post-seminary girls and women living in Crown Heights involved in Friendship Circle’s programs – specifically to volunteer at the growing YAD Girls programs.
As the members of Friendship Circle are growing up and needing more programs that are suitable to their age group, the YAD division has expanded to offer a number of programs, that all need staffing. The girls in YAD look forward to these events and love spending time with each other. The purpose of Alumni and Friends attending these programs is to provide a way for young adults with special needs to socialize with young women their own age.
Director of Friendship Circle, Chani Majesky welcomed the young women in attendance and spoke about the objectives of Alumni and Friends and the importance of working together and growing as a community. Mushki Tenenbaum thanked everyone for coming and explained the different volunteering opportunities.
Teens and Twenties at the Friendship Circle of Crown Heights put on a Zumba recital for volunteers and proud parents.
A winter Motzei Shabbos may seem to drag on and on, but for a group of young woman with special needs, it never seemed long enough.
The Friendship Circle of Brooklyn’s Teen & Twenties Division recently completed a 10 week ZUMBA fitness workshop. Under the direction of Mushky Borisute, Mushki Tenenbaumand Feigy Friedman, 25 girls got together on Saturday evening for ninety minutes of dance, a hearty Melava Malka and a “Learn a Life Skill” session.
The final weekend culminated with a recital for all mothers. As the program began, the girls performed three rehearsed songs, followed by each girl taking the lead and free-styling, having the rest of the group and moms which by then joined in on the fun – follow their lead.
Gifts were then given to the volunteers and coordinators by the director of the Friendship Circle, Mrs. Chani Majesky.
Watching the girls in action, some of whom never get the opportunity to take the stage, never mind perform, was truly a moving and exciting sight to behold.
“My daughter literally came out of her shell!” exclaimed one mother. “She finally has a peer group that she is comfortable in, that makes her feel good about herself and the talents she has.”
This winter, the long Motzei Shabbosim will no longer be a drag for young ladies with special needs in Brooklyn. For the first time ever, the Teens & Twenties division of the Friendship Circle of Brooklyn will be hosting weekly Zumba classes geared specifically for these young woman.
Hosted at the Jewish Children’s Museum, the program will include a Zumba dance class – to Jewish Music, and a second hands on activity.
A female medic will be on hand to oversee the exercise and each girl will be matched with a volunteer who will encourage and assist them at all times.
Starting on Motzei Shabbos Parshas Vayeitzei, November 9, running through Jan 11.
For more info, to register or volunteer please contact the FC office:
hello@FCBrooklyn.com – 718.907.8835
Space is limited, so hurry!