A trip to Miami in the winter is not unusual. But for Shoshi Biggs at the Friendship Circle at Chabad of the Five Towns, this trip is about more than fun in the sun. On January 27, local volunteers will be running in the Miami ING Half Marathon to raise money and awareness for the Friendship Circle. Miss Biggs, FC volunteer coordinator and Judaica circle teacher in the Five Towns, explains, “Seeing the effect Friendship Circle has on the families, volunteers, and community, I was looking for more ways to give back.” She signed up, excited to be able to personally spread the message and raise much needed funds for the Friendship Circle.
The Friendship Circle reaches out to families who have children with special needs. Its unique formula introduces teenage volunteers to the children and, through shared experiences, enriches the lives of both. Together, they are impacting the future by making a difference in the lives of children and teens in our community. Each Tuesday night, over 30 children with special needs come running into Chabad to meet their volunteer and hurry to their classrooms to learn with their morah. These children are not able to attend a yeshiva (yet) and they come to the FC to learn the aleph bet, make a Chanukah menorah, or study the parashah.
To support Shoshi’s commitment to Friendship Circle, visit www.TeamFriendship.org/ShoshiBiggs or call 347-746-3771.
For more information about The Jean Fischman Chabad Center of the Five Towns Friendship Circle please e-mail Batsheva Borenstein, Friendship Circle director, at Batsheva@chabad5towns.com or visit www.fc5towns.com. v