Hundreds of men, women and children visited the Friendship Circle of Brooklyn’s first ever art gallery titled “The Art of Friendship.”
Children and young adults with special needs in the Brooklyn, NY area worked very hard in creating their very own artistic masterpieces, and after months of preparation, family, friends and supporters gathered this past Sunday for a unique art gallery, featuring the artwork of the children with special needs.
Beautifully laid out, the gallery took place in the Jewish Children’s Museum under the direction of Rabbi Yerachmiel Benjminson who spearheaded the Friendship Circle in Brooklyn nearly 11 years ago.
“The space is perfect,” said Mr. Joseph Sprung of the Bear Givers foundation, who sponsored the event, adding, “the Museum’s amenities are just what’s needed to complete the perfect party.”
Over hors d’oeuvres and drinks, a steady stream of visitors viewed the displayed artwork and many purchased their favorite pieces.
The gallery was visited by Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke who addressed the crowd and reaffirmed her support to families and children with special needs.
Many elected officials sent their greetings, including Assemblyman Karim Camara who had his liaison to the Jewish community, Mr. Shea Halberstam attend the gallery.
Brooklyn’s newly elected Borough President, Mr. Eric Adams, who is a long time friend of the special needs community and especially the Friendship Circle, proclaimed the day of the event, May 4, as “The Friendship Circle Day” in Brooklyn, USA.
In a speech, director of the Friendship Circle, Rabbi Berel Majesky, remarked, “The Friendship Circle, though it may be called ‘Friend’ship circle, it is truly an organization comprised of 100 percent good hearts, starting from its founders Mr. and Mrs. Shmuly and Tzirl Goldman, and past directors Levi and Chayle Eckhaus, the Friendship Circle brings happiness to the lives of children and young adults with special needs and their families 365 days a year.
“The over 300 volunteers, young men and women, give of their free time to bring the same excitement that any teenager would have with their friends, and create true long-lasting friendships with children with special needs. We don’t like using the term ‘volunteers’ rather, just ‘Friends’.”
Rabbi Majesky thanked Mr. Joseph Sprung and Mrs. Diane Lempert of the Bear Givers and EmpowerArt programs, and artists Michoel Muchnik and Estee Klein who respectively took on the task of helping the older boys and girls divisions in creating truly unique and beautiful pieces of art. He also thanked COLlive for getting the word out for this event, and throughout the year.
A number of pieces remain for sale, support the Friendship Circle with your purchase. View them here.