Life’s Worc

The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation is sponsoring an essay contest with Life’s WORC in conjunction with The Family Center for Autism and Schneps Communications that is open to students enrolled in grades 9-12 in public or private schools in Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk. The essay topic “WHY AUTISTIC AND DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED PEOPLE BECOME TARGETS OF BULLIES, AND HOW CAN MY SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY PREVENT IT?” was designed in keeping with the philosophies of the late Claire Friedlander, a Holocaust victim who immigrated from Nazi Germany to the United States.

“I hope that this essay question will trigger an outpouring of critical thinking, constructive ideas, and perhaps, solutions,” explains Peter Klein, President of The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation. “Sadly, bullying and acts of thoughtless, irresponsible conduct targeting developmentally disabled and autistic people is at a point of crisis. How can schools and communities help to bring about new social improvements and bring an end to this form of prejudice and intolerance?”

This essay competition will make awards of: $3,000 for the first place winner, $2,000 for the second place winner, and $1,000 for the third place winner.
The essays must be 400-500 words, submitted by the United States Postal Service, Fed Ex, or United Parcel Service by May 1, 2016. (Contact Tina Moreno at 516-741-9000 X15110 for details.) Awards will be made at a presentation event at The Family Center for Autism by no later than June 1, 2016. Life’s WORC was founded more than 40 years ago and has distinguished itself as an organization that delivers high quality support services to individuals with developmental disabilities. The Claire Friedlander Family foundation is proud to support their good work.

For more information, click here.


Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation

Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation

The Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation is dedicated to research, education, and patient care in the fields of oncology and hematology, and to the ultimate goal of eradicating cancer.

These goals are achieved through our three major commitments: serving the patients being treated at the Don Monti Cancer Centers at North Shore University Hospital, Glen Cove Hospital, Huntington Hospital, and Plainview Hospital; supporting the scientists at the Joseph & Tita Monti Research Center at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; and fostering the academic growth of the Master of Science in Genetic Counseling students in the Joseph, Tita & Don Monti Genetics and Human Development Laboratory at LIU Post.

The Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation was established in 1972 by Joseph & Tita Monti, just days after their sixteen-year-old son Don, passed away from Acute Myeloblastic Leukemia. Today, under the leadership of Foundation President Caroline Monti Saladino, Don’s sister, the Foundation raises more than $1 million annually – more than $44 million since its founding. The Monti and Saladino families perpetuate Tita and Joseph’s vision by privately underwriting all administrative expenses incurred by the foundation.

The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation grant has enabled the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation to meet their commitments to support patient care within the North Shore – LIJ Health System and research at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

To learn more about the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation visit:


Blue Card

The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation is proud to support The Blue Card, whose mission is to provide direct financial assistance, with dignity and respect, to needy Holocaust survivors. The Blue Card assists over 2,400 Holocaust survivors annually.  As this population ages, they are plagued with the consequences of surviving the most devastating conditions imaginable, including poor nutrition and no medical care.

Since these survivors came to the US after World War II, many worked in menial jobs that offered little to no pensions. Social security and Medicaid are unable to meet the financial needs of this most vulnerable population. Most of them never received any pensions or payments administered by The Claims Conference. They are frequently desperate for uncovered expenses such as dental care, hearing aids, and transportation to doctors. After all they have suffered, these men and women should not have to choose between paying for food or paying for medicine. Dignity was forcibly taken from them during the Holocaust, and The Blue Card ensures that its clients don’t lose their dignity again, in their last years.


bluecardlogoMore Information about Blue Card:
Official Website
Blue Card Videos
NBC: Survivors Helping Survivors Feel the Warmth of Hanukkah




Long Island Ballet Theatre

Long Island Ballet Theatre (formerly Huntington Ballet Theatre) “Long Island’s connection to the professional dance world.”

New York City, the dance capital of the world, is just one hour from us and yet very few Long Islanders will travel into the city to see professional dance works unless it is part of a Broadway production. Fortunately for us, The Long Island Ballet Theatre (LIBT) was founded almost 30 years ago by Jan Hanniford Goetz simultaneous to her founding of the Huntington School of Ballet.

In 2005, Joan Albright, then President of the LIBT board, opened the Huntington Center for Performing Arts as a home for the ballet company. Prior to opening the space, the LIBT had produced story ballets as well as the annual Nutcracker. Among them were Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Cinderella, Tales from the Crypt (a Halloween ballet) and two Galas that featured members of NYC Ballet, Adelphi University Dance Department, students of Huntington Center and live classical music provided by Matthew Pierce (a composer of original ballet music & now a violin teacher on LI).

The LIBT has put professional artists to work for close to 30 years while at the same time giving young dancers the opportunity to dance in a professional production. A unique Long Island institution, the LIBT has built a dance audience in addition to creating opportunities for dancers.

The mission of LIBT has remained the same – producing professional ballet consisting of classical and contemporary work and when possible, providing aspiring professionals, students and pre-professionals the opportunity to dance side by side with professional dancers, costume designers, directors and stage crew.

The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation’s grant to LIBT enabled them to produce contemporary work by Saya Harada and a new Cinderella by Rob Royce. Cinderella featured professionals & students.

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Huntington Center for Performing Arts
310 NewYork Ave.
Huntington, NY 11743


Earth Echo International

EarthEcho International’s mission is to inspire young people worldwide to act now for a sustainable future. EarthEcho is a nonprofit 501c3 organization founded in 2000 by siblings Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau in honor of their father Philippe Cousteau Sr., son of the legendary explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau. Philippe Sr.’s belief in “a world where every single child can breathe fresh air, drink clean water, and walk on green grass under a blue sky” serves as their vision to this day.

Their approach is simple; EarthEcho’s 21st century tools and interactive resources equip youth to identify and solve environmental challenges starting in their own communities.

The generous support of the Claire Friedlander Family Foundation allows EarthEcho International to continue investing in the programs and resources that we provide to youth and educators throughout the world.

These include:
EarthEcho Expeditions
World Water Monitoring Challenge
Educator Resources
Virtual Fieldtrips

EarthEcho president Philippe Cousteau and Board of Directors member Joshua Carrera work with students from Rockway Middle School in Miami, FL, during the filming of EarthEcho Expedition: Beyond the Dead Zone. More photos, videos, lesson plans, and other resources from this program may be found at


Stony Brook University Mobile Dental Clinic

Giving back to the community is one thing we feel strongly about at The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation and one reason we are happy to provide a grant to The Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine. The grant will be used to help fund the mobile dental clinic which provides dental screenings and preventative services to over 4500 people across Long Island.
The majority of patients seen in the mobile dental clinic are disadvantaged children. Without the clinic, these children would not receive the dental care they each deserve. Oral health is an indicator of a persons overall health. Improper care can lead to a multitude of problems. Children with untreated dental disease can suffer from physical, emotional, and social problems. Often, they are unable to eat or sleep properly and will have difficulty concentrating in school. Oral disease also increases the chance of developing respiratory illness or diabetes.
Knowing the importance of oral health and recognizing the number of children who do not have access to proper care, The Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine’s Dental Care Center created a mobile dental clinic out-fitted with state of the art equipment and technology. With the ability to go out into the communities, they are able to provide care to thousands of individuals who otherwise would go without.
The directors of The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, Peter J. Klein, Adam J. Gottlieb, and Irene M. Klein, understand the importance of providing care to this disadvantaged population and are pleased to provide financial assistance.


Life’s WORC

It is hard to come across anyone who does not have some sort of connection to autism. It seems we all know a family member, a friend, or a neighbor who is somehow affected by it. But despite its prevalence, we lack the necessary services for people with autism. The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, through its directors (Peter J. Klein, Adam J. Gottlieb, and Irene M. Klein) recognize the need for additional community support and are pleased to announce their work with Life’s WORC.

The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation
Life’s WORC has embraced the full spectrum of needs not only of the person with autism, but of their family as well. Located in Garden City, NY, Life’s WORC offers a range of services including:

Behavior Intervention Services (BIS)
Community Services
Day Services
Customized Employment
Family Supports
The Family Center for Autism
Professional Development
Residential Services

The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation
An exciting addition to Life’s WORC is the creation of The Family Center for Autism. Often, a person with autism can receive a multitude of services while they are school aged, but once they transition to adulthood, the quantity and quality of those programs declines. The Family Center for Autism aims to provide a lifespan of services to the person with autism and their family. Over 400 families of children on the Spectrum were asked what services they would find beneficial and it is these services that the Center aims to provide. Click here to see the numerous classes offered at the Garden City and Deer Park locations.


Keep Kids Minds Engaged This Summer!

Did you know learning doesn’t stop when the final school bell sounds in June? Of course you did. Your children, however, may wish that you would forget. It is possible, though, to keep your children entertained AND keep their minds engaged over the long, hot summer days. The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation supports education in many ways. Our directors, Peter J. Klein, Adam J. Gottlieb, and Irene M. Klein want to help keep the learning going over the summer months so we offer the following tips we found on the Education World website:

  • Teach kids to cook with the step-by-step lessons and recipes at Cooking With Kids. The site also includes measurement reminders, safety tips, and suggestions for involving kids in the cooking process.
  • Make homemade Bubble Solution and experiment with such unique Bubble-Blowing Tools as strings, milk containers, and garbage can lids.
  • Learn about national parks from the comfort of your own home, and encourage your child to complete online activities and become a Web Ranger. Materials are grouped by age and include cool awards and a membership card.
  • Help your child make a set of tangrams with instructions found at the Math Forum’s Constructing Your Own Set of Tangrams. Trace the designs on a piece of paper, mix up the tangram pieces, and use them to create jigsaw puzzles.
  • Take a virtual CampusTour of colleges and universities your high school student might be considering. Tour the schools’ grounds, look at maps, view videos and photos, and request information about those institutions of higher learning. If you don’t have Internet access at home, take your tour at the local library.
  • Staple together pieces of plain paper or use a notebook to help your child make a cartoon flip book. Kids draw a sequence of cartoons and simulate motion as they “flip” through the pages. (Note that the first image in the series should be at the bottom of the stack of pages, and the illustrations should progress from bottom to top.) How to Draw Cartoons offers simple instructions for drawing cartoon figure.
  • Cool down by making Ice Cream in a Bag. The simple technique produces delicious ice cream in about 5 minutes. What ice cream varieties will you and your child concoct?

What will you do with your children this summer? Be sure to let us know by posting on our facebook page and sharing some photos!


Domestic Violence Awareness Month

It is a sad fact that domestic violence is a prevalent problem in our culture. In October 1981, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence observed a Day of Unity.The intent was to connect battered women’s advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. From that day, evolved Domestic Violence Awareness Month which began in 1987.

According to Safe Horizon:

  • 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime.
  • Women experience more than 4 million physical assaults and rapes because of their partners, and men are victims of nearly 3 million physical assaults.
  • Women are more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than men
  • Women ages 20 to 24 are at greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence.
  • Every year, 1 in 3 women who is a victim of homicide is murdered by her current or former partner.
  • Every year, more than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes.
  • Children who live in homes where there is domestic violence also suffer abuse or neglect at high rates (30% to 60%).
  • A 2005 Michigan study found that children exposed to domestic violence at home are more likely to have health problems, including becoming sick more often, having frequent headaches or stomachaches, and being more tired and lethargic.
  • A 2003 study found that children are more likely to intervene when they witness severe violence against a parent – which can place a child at great risk for injury or even death.

So, what can you do to help? Spread the awareness. Share on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Wear purple, the color of domestic violence awareness, and tell people why you’re wearing purple.

Peter J. Klein, Adam J. Gottlieb, and Irene M. Klein of the Claire Friedlander Family Foundation recognize the importance of supporting victims of domestic violence. The Foundation has given a grant to The Shelter for Abused Women and Children in Naples, Fl. The shelter is leading the community to prevent, protect and prevail over domestic violence through advocacy, empowerment and social change. We are proud to lend our support.


STEM Programs Are Important for Our Children!

Educating our children in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, or STEM, is vital to the success and growth of our country. The directors of The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, Peter J. Klein, Adam J. Gottlieb, and Irene M. Klein, recognize the importance of having STEM programs accessible to students. Through a grant given to The Long Island Children’s Museum, the foundation is helping to provide educator workshops.

Why are STEM programs so important? They lay the foundation for children to learn and develop an interest in the fields of study that will drive the growth of our country. When you think about it, STEM can be seen everywhere in our daily lives. The world around us is science. Weather, agriculture, biology, etc. There can be no doubt that technology plays a huge role in our children’s lives. From smartphones and video games to the ability to Skype with people all over the world right in the classroom! Buildings, roads, transportation, appliances are just a few examples of products of engineering we see daily. Of course, mathematics is everywhere from the grocery store, paying bills, to scheduling equal turns watching t.v.

Not only do STEM programs help children understand the world around them, but they help prepare them for successful futures as well. According to the U. S. Labor Department, the 10 fastest growing occupations from 2008-2018, and their median wages are:

  • Biomedical engineers, $77,400
  • Network systems and data communications analysts, $71,100
  • Home health aides, $20,460
  • Personal and home care aides, $19,180
  • Financial examiners, $70,930
  • Medical scientists, except epidemiologists, $72,590
  • Physician assistants, $81,230
  • Skin care specialists, $28,730
  • Biochemists and biophysicists, $82,840
  • Athletic trainers, $39,640

STEM programs can be the start of the journey to these careers. For information on the STEM programs at The Long Children’s Museum, please click here.