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Friendship Bakery cooks up Hanukkah treats and personal success for adults with disabilities

By: Shirley Descorbeth - CBS-58
Posted: Dec 9, 2018 8:59 AM CDT

(MILWAUKEE) - It’s tradition for Jewish families the world over to enjoy sweats and cookies during the eight days of Hanukkah. It doesn’t much matter what kind, so long as it’s kosher of course. The idea is to celebrate freedom and enjoy the sweetness of life. It’s also the aim of the Friendship Circle of Wisconsin and the Friendship Bakery.

Friendship Bakery makes special for Hanukkah

By Julia Fello - TMJ4
Posted: December 2, 2018

They have twelve bakers, we have one of them with us. His name is Mark Willets. We also have Leah Stein here from the Friendship Circle. Leah can you tell us, what is Friendship Circle?

Beyond bakery: What makes some locally-made sweet treats extra special

Posted July 19, 2018 - Fox6 News

GLENDALE --  When it comes to finding the best baked goods in town, it's often said that the proof is in the pudding. And Glendale's Friendship Bakery is delivering the goods. Brian Kramp introduces us to a local group that not only bakes amazing bread, but also creates friendships and jobs for some very special people.

There’s a new addition in the baked goods aisle at Sendik’s in Mequon

POSTED 8:57 AM, JUNE 15, 2018, BY FOX6 NEWS

MEQUON -- If you plan on doing some shopping at Sendik's in Mequon -- you'll see a new additional in the baked goods aisle. Some tasty treats all for a great cause. The grocery store will be featuring baked goods from "Friendship Bakery."

It's a program that provides employment training for individuals with disabilities. Some of the products include different loaves and rolls. Employees say having their breads on Sendik's shelves is a big deal.

Jewish bakery in Milwaukee teaches job skills to adults with special needs

By Maddie Koss and Meg Jones, Milwaukee Published 4:23 p.m. CT Dec. 17, 2017 - Journal Sentinel

The aroma was intoxicating — braids of dough formed into challah bread and shortbread cookies with cutouts in the shapes of stars and dreidels baking in several ovens.

Jonathan Frank and Mark Wilets bent over their tasks, rolling dough and threading it into the familiar rolls and bread consumed during Jewish ceremonial occasions.

Sunday Morning Spotlight: The Friendship Bakery

Posted: Dec 17, 2017 7:00 AM CDT - CBS-58

Michele McCormack visits the Friendship Bakery in Glendale, a brain child of Rabbi Levi Stein that’s become a model for teaching adults with disabilities new skills and a purpose with remarkable success.

In Milwaukee, Adults With Special Needs Train to Be Bakers

By Liza Wiemer - August 2, 2017 7:43 AM -

Innovation, education and community—combine these ingredients and something delicious can materialize. Add to the mix students with special needs, a handful of volunteers and a top pastry chef, and the end results wind up in the form of dairy-free pastries, cakes, cookies and challah.

That’s what happened with the opening of Friendship Bakery in Wisconsin.

The idea started formulating this past October, when Rabbi Levi and Leah Stein, co-directors of Friendship Circle of Wisconsin—a division of Lubavitch of Wisconsin—recognized that adults with special needs were lacking opportunities for hands-on vocational training and the need to feel productive in the working world.

Milwaukee bakery employs people with special needs

By Julia Fello 6:01 PM, Sep 13, 2017 - TMJ4

MILWAUKEE -- A Port Washington man became the inspiration for a new bakery, thanks to an organization filling a void in our community, The Friendship Circle of Wisconsin.

Sol Weingrod's mother told TODAY'S TMJ4 her son had a difficult time finding work because he has special needs.

When the director of the Friendship Circle of Wisconsin heard his story, he knew the organization had to do something.

That is how the Friendship Bakery was born. Six people with special needs have been employed in the program since it officially took off in July.

Friendship Bakery, a new idea, teaches workplace skills

By Rob Golub | October 18, 2017 | The Jewish Chronicle

MILWAUKEE – You’ve heard of the win-win situation. The non-profit Friendship Circle, which opened a bakery in July, appears to have come up with a win-win-win. Yes, that’s three wins, which is quite a bit more than a mere two.
Win #1: People with special needs are learning workplace skills at the bakery.
Win #2: The bakery items are sold to help fund the program.
Win #3: Friendship Bakery serves the kosher community, which organizers say is underserved.