Yachad, Friendship Circle & Partners Host Community-Wide Great Neck Carnival, Sunday, May 17

08 May 2015

Who doesn’t love a carnival with amusing attractions, thrilling rides and games galore? Yachad, the Jewish Union Foundation (JUF) and Friendship Circle will present a community-wide carnival in Great Neck on Sunday, May 17 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. The carnival will be located at Grace Avenue Park between Park Place and Barstow Boulevard. The event is co-sponsored by the Iranian American Jewish Federation of New York and Beth Hadassah Synagogue of Great Neck.

Admission to the community-wide carnival is free; everyone is invited to attend.

Yachad, the flagship agency of the Orthodox Union’s National Jewish Council for Disabilities (NJCD), provides unique social, educational and recreational programs for individuals with learning, developmental and physical disabilities with the goal of their Inclusion in the total life of the Jewish community. The carnival is being held for this purpose.

In partnership with Yachad, the JUF is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting individuals with developmental disabilities to become as independent as possible.

The Friendship Circle is a Jewish organization for children with special needs. With over 79 locations worldwide the Friendship Circle has cultivated friendships between 5,000 special needs children and close to 11,000 teen volunteers through its arrangement of fun activities and opportunities to bond.

Jack Gourdji, executive director of JUF, declared, “The Great Neck community as a whole is the benefactor of the collaboration of various organizations all with the same mission in mind: enhancing and enriching the lives of the special needs community with programming and events such as this inclusive carnival in Great Neck.”

For more information contact Michael Appelbaum, program director for the Jewish Union Foundation, at 212-613-8284 or email appelbaumm@ou.org.