Friendship Circle of Los Angeles

Friendship Circle
Program Name: 
Programs for Youth with Special Needs
Grant Year: 
Grant Type: 
Cutting Edge
Grant Amount: 
Field of Interest: 
Special Needs
Grant Purpose: 

Provide a martial arts program for Jewish special needs children to improve self-discipline, self-esteem and physical fitness.


Founded in 2003, Friendship Circle of Los Angeles provides  Jewish children and young adults with special needs with a full range of social, recreational, educational, and Judaic experiences; offers respite to their parents; and enriches, inspires, and motivates Jewish teenagers through volunteer and leadership opportunities.


Grant Quote: 

"The Goal of The Friendship Circle is to provide friendship and support to Jewish children who have special needs and their families. Thanks to the cutting edge grant of The Jewish Foundation and their backing of our Club Kung Fu/Girls' Karate Club, we are able to give so many more children the opportunity not only to develop new skills but to make friends and positively impact their self-esteem in a warm, nurturing Jewish environment."

-Rabbi Michael Rav-Noy M.A., Executive Director, Friendship Circle of Los Angeles