our vision

Three times a week, adults eighteen and older with special needs have the opportunity to learn the important skills needed to operate a bakery. From mixing ingredients, decorating desserts, to packaging finished products and delivering the delicious pastries and challah to your door, our students are involved in it all. 

Friendship Bakery was started to address a vocational education gap that occurs for high school graduates with disabilities. Many of these graduates have limited employment options consisting of a narrow range of tasks or community participation programs. Friendship Bakery provides an outstanding alternative. 

Participants receive the opportunity to meaningfully contribute to a business in a challenging, safe, supervised environment. The Friendship Bakery equips them with valuable skills for employment. Most importantly, it builds independence and self-esteem giving each individual a sense of purpose and ownership for their work, while also giving these trainees the opportunity to earn a small percentage from sales. 

The majority of the preparation will be done independently with Friendship Circle staff checking each step and providing support when needed. There will be a number of volunteers on hand to assist when necessary.

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Friendship Bakery is a project of The Friendship Circle of Wisconsin, a division of Lubavitch of Wisconsin.

The Friendship Bakery Program is for:

This program is tailored for independent adults with special needs who do not require one-on-one assistance with a staff member or volunteer. 

Friendship Bakery Program: 

Participants will learn the process of preparing different pastries and bread products, kitchen and food preparation skills, and social interaction skills. 

The Friendship Bakery will have its desserts and challah distributed to individuals and local organizations, so participants will be responsible for baking on schedule to meet demand. 

The beautiful array of mouth-watering kosher pastries, challah and desserts will be baked under the guidance and tutelage of award-winning pastry chef, Dina Menzl-Russo.


All challah and pastries are kosher pareve, baked using meat equipment and is under the strict kosher supervision of Rabbi Yisroel Lein of Chabad of the East Side and the WI-K (Kosher Supervisors of Wisconsin).