Joshua Gendel Scholarship Fund

Josh Gendel was an important member of the LifeTown family, and the Keller Williams Suburban Realty family as well. He was loved dearly by both.

Josh  would light up KWSR with his infectious smile whenever he visited. All who knew him looked forward to his in-person appearances and his cameos in KWSR video emails.

Friendship Circle was a very important part of his life for over 20 years. The friendships he made, as well as the programs and services now offered by LifeTown, were highlights in his life and evidenced by his big, broad grin.

In his honor, his KWSR family has created the Josh Gendel Scholarship Fund at LifeTown. It is intended to provide opportunities for children in need to attend LifeTown programs. This will assist children who otherwise might not be able to take advantage of all that LifeTown has to offer. We know that Josh is smiling knowing that more children will get to enjoy all that he cherished at LifeTown.

Joshua Gendel Memorial

Everyone who was fortunate to meet Joshua was impacted by his huge smile and positive energy.

Over the past 20+ years, Friendship Circle was always the highlight for Joshua. His face lit up whenever he spent time with his FC buddies. All the programs and events added so much meaning and joy to his life.

Donations made in Joshua’s honor will go towards LifeTown and will help bring smiles to so many children, teens and adults.

About Friendship Circle and LifeTown

Since its inception 22 years ago, Friendship Circle has provided support for hundreds of children and teens with special needs and their families, as well as meaningful volunteer opportunities for more than 7,000 teens. Friendship Circle’s distinctive approach of pairing participants with teen volunteers motivates, inspires, and enriches everyone involved.

LifeTown is a 53,000 sq. ft. center that is redefining the landscape for individuals with special needs. Its recreational, therapeutic and educational facilities—the first of its kind in the region—cater to the needs of children, teens, and adults.

LifeTown’s focal point is LifeTown Shoppes, a simulated Main Street that prepares participants with special needs for independent living. Offering real-world scenarios in a safe and controlled environment, the Shoppes empower each person to reach their full potential.

Zach’s Bar Mitzvah Project

For my Bar Mitzvah project,  I would like to combine my love of sports and making donations to where I have been volunteering. I will be donating used sports equipment to Play It Again Sports,  which is a sporting goods store offering new and quality used sports equipment. They buy, sell and trade new and used sports equipment and fitness gear. I will donate the money I make from the sports equipment to Friendship Circle.

if you would rather donate to my page instead of donating sports equipment we would be so appreciative.

Devin’s Mitzvah Project

Hi, my name is Devin Kirschenbaum and I am a seventh grader at Millburn Middle School. My Bat Mitzvah is in January and for my Mitzvah Project I want to raise money for the completion of the Friendship Circles swimming pool. The Friendship Circle has been a big part of my life for the past nine years, my sister Ivy has Special Needs and has a participant in Friendship Circle activities since she was a baby. My sister Ivy’s favorite activity is swimming, so I can’t wait until the pool at the Friendship Circle is complete, so that I can take her swimming year round. Thank you so much for your donations!