Jewish Inclusion: Creating a Welcoming Morning for Everyone
Hiding behind masks is a fun Purim tradition. On the outside, without our masks, we all look different. On the inside, we have more in common than different.
Everyone wants friends and to enjoy life’s activities. Sometimes we may be uncomfortable greeting people who look different. On Sunday morning, March 13 we will read a story and talk about ways to help everyone have fun. Some children may need help to join in all the exciting Purim activities that have been planned for our morning at Coastal Roots Farm.
Some Friendship Circle participants want you to know how important the Friendship Circle is to them.
“When people take the time to simply ask, it may allow my son to be part of something that he may otherwise be excluded from.” Melissa
“Personally, I am never offended when somebody asks questions about our daughter. Just the opposite actually – I welcome them. The more people who understand, the better her quality of life.” Parent
“I wish other people knew that having a developmental disability did not stop me from getting both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in History from San Diego State and volunteering to help others. I do not let my special needs define me! What makes one truly beautiful comes from within because we are all special.” Alec
“I want to see our participants treated just as everyone else, because they are just like everyone else, but they require more patience and compassion. The joy that friendship circle adds to my life is immeasurable, our friends are funny, talented and loving.” Amy
“I love music: playing piano and drums. This is one therapy that makes me happy and preoccupied especially during the pandemic.
“Love to walk in theme parks. I can walk from 1.5 to 2 miles in theme parks because I really enjoyed the scenery and animals at Safari and Zoo.” Casey
“Try different activities with her, like music, pointing, dancing to find out what could be her passion. I would love to know that she has something that she loves to do.” Bela
All of us have something valuable to contribute. Sometimes it takes an understanding friend to discover what that is.
In the words of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, “There are no weak people, no people who are a burden on society. Certainly, no worthless people. There are only many different kinds of people, each with their own, unique contribution. And that is good. Because endless diversity is a sign of a deep, underlying unity. And unity is strength.”
Get ready with Friendship Circle to make new friends, enjoy a beautiful morning outdoors at the Farm and have a great time learning about Purim!
Guest article written by Elisheva Green, Vice Chair for The Friendship Circle Board