“It’s a lot of joy and it helped defined the character of our family,” Chani Baram said. “It created craziness but also fun.”
Baram grew up with four younger brothers and three were diagnosed with Fragile X syndrome, which is a genetic condition that causes intellectual and learning disabilities in addition to behavioral problems.
According to Baram, her husband Rabbi Zev Baram, as a teen befriended a boy with special needs. He enjoyed the friendship and decided to enrich the lives of children and teens with special needs as an adult. Once married, the couple decided to start the Friendship Circle in the Philadelphia area.