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Rabbi Mendy Dechter


Ever since I was a child my dream was to be an emissary of The Lubavitcher Rebbe. His love for humanity and every individual worldwide inspired and led me on this wonderful journey to make a difference in the community.The foundation of Friendship Circle was based upon the premise that every individual is created in the image of G‑d. I have made it my lifelong mission to bring the community together to love, accept and integrate those with disabilities.  

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Marcy Lederman, MSW

Program Director 

Friendship Circle has been a part of my life for many years now and I feel fortunate to return as Program Director of this flourishing organization. Focusing specifically on program growth and families of children with special needs, I am able to experience firsthand the incredible effect that Friendship Circle has on all of its participants. This inspires me and our whole staff to continue our mission towards ultimate inclusion!


Chana Rubashkin

Volunteer Coordinator  

I've always heard and seen the great work friendship circles all over the world have done, including the activities of Friendship Circle of Miami Beach and North Dade. It is truly an inspiration to see the love and joy that comes out of this fantastic program. I'm excited to be a part of it and help bring it to the next level.






Raissa Samet

Administrative Coordinator  

As the Administrative Coordinator, I am always excited to bring my talents and passion to this beautiful cause. I look forward to enhancing and sharing new, youthful, and fun-filled initiatives to our programming. Join together to give support and companionship for our families and children will help build Friendship Circle's future, and create everlasting friendships.