40 women gathered on Motzei Shabbos for a special program for mothers active with Friendship Circle of Brooklyn and in conjunction with Yaldei Shluchei Harebbe.
With a screening of a deeply moving documentary and a panel featuring siblings of adults with special needs, the women were treated to a beautiful evening.
Around the world, the siblings of special needs children are known as “glass children.” No, it doesn’t mean that these children are fragile and breakable. However, with a disproportionate amount of parental energy being invested into the special child; sometimes the siblings’ needs are “see-through.” As mothers, we all worry about our children’s emotional and physical needs being met – how much more so when the juggle and struggle is more challenging. This evening was created for the sole purpose of addressing these needs – what the mothers can do to raise happy and healthy children.
As the women entered the venue, they were greeted with a smorgasbord of delicious food; sushi, salad, soup, and other snacks. After taking some time to socialize, the women entered the JCM’s theater to begin the program.
The evening began with a screening of the documentary, “My Hero Brother,” a moving film about a group of young people with special needs who embark on a demanding trek through the Himalayas with their siblings. As they deal with physical and emotional challenges, unresolved conflicts come to the surface and heartwarming friendships develop. The documentary brought to light the struggles, pressures, and unique needs of siblings of children with special needs.
The film was followed by a panel led by siblings of adults with special needs from the community. Cham Cham Reichman and Batsheva Borenstein shared their unique experiences on what it was like to grow up as a sibling of a special needs child. Their heartfelt words hit home, and gave everyone much food for thought. An informal discussion amongst the mothers ensued with time to discuss ideas, pose questions and hear from experienced mothers about some tips and tricks and things to look out for.
Beautiful care packages for these dedicated siblings were offered to take home, with customizable cards and delicious chocolates, as well as an inspiring book for these super moms!
Thank you to Mrs. Chani Majesky, Chaya Pape, Pearl Rimler, and Nechama Dina Schmukler for all their help in coordinating this evening. Thank you to Sushi Spot, Chanie Greenbaum, Rosie Markowitz and Mussie Wilhelm for their assistance with the food and décor.