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Exclusion is disabling not the disability itself.”

—Tiffany Yu , founder of Diversability

Our mission, at Friendship Circle of Pittsburgh, of community inclusion, is rooted in two simple truths. 

Every human needs genuine social connections and pathways to share of themselves in meaningful roles/activities.

Disability is a social value judgment regarding who will be excluded based on preconceptions and stereotypes about the worth of others.

Communities have throughout history always made arbitrary judgments about the worth of others and these are self-perpetuating due to lack of contact.  Community inclusion requires deliberate and sustained efforts to break this vicious cycle.

This website space is devoted to Community Inclusion. Visitors to the page will find news about FC Pittsburgh activities as well as sources of inspiration and resources that will help us build more inclusive communities. 

Friendship Circle Tribute Book

Look through our 2022 and 2023  Friendship Circle memories and see what we have been up to!

Tribute Book 2023

Friendship Circle Tribute Book 2023

Recent blog posts

Weekly Roundup: April 12, 2024

Sunday Funday Last Sunday, we had a matzah bake where Tali and Pearl helped with the presentation from Rabbi Eli. Everyone went home with matzah and their favorite toppings. Members enjoyed the rooftop for nice spring weather where we played Passover games, crafted photo banners, blew bubbles and more. Shalom went home with a plague-themed puppet and Ava and Morgan… Read More

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What’s the Good Word?

A WEEKLY TORAH THOUGHT FROM RABBI MORDY This week’s Parsha (Tazria) tells us about various pure and impure situations, most notably, “tzaraat,” a biblical era malady that we typically liken to leprosy. But one things stands out as a theme in the portion overall—the impact our words can have on reality. We sometimes think of words as here today, gone… Read More

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To the Eighth Degree

A WEEKLY TORAH THOUGHT FROM RABBI MORDY This week we read the Parsha, Shemini, which literally means “Eighth.” There are some laws of kosher animals and various laws surrounding purity, but I’m going to focus on the name of the Parsha. The Eighth refers to the day on which, after the seven days of inauguration, Aaron, the high priest of… Read More

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