Bringing Purim Festivities to Jerusalem’s Orphans
With the funds donated by our generous readers and supporters, Israel365 was able to bring happiness to thousands of underprivileged children in Jerusalem, in accordance with the commandment of Esther:
Israel365 sponsored the packing and delivering of 2,500 food packages (in Hebrew, Mishloach Manot) to needy children across Jerusalem.
The staff of Israel365 wanted to give a little extra attention to a special girls home in Jerusalem: The Jerusalem Girls Town Orphanage, located in the neighborhood of Sanhedria. The Jerusalem Girls Town is home to over 200 girls aged 12-25 who come from broken, dysfunctional, or parent-less homes. The Orphanage provides them with a warm and loving environment which prepares them for success in life.
On the morning of Purim, March 13th, 2017, Rabbi Tuly Weisz, along with staff and volunteers of Israel365, showed up at the orphanage with 200 extravagant food packages- one for each girl. In addition to delivering the food packages, which brought a real smile to the faces of the girls, we brought along a professional dance instructor and set up a Purim celebration dance party right in the lobby of the orphanage!
The girls were able to sing, dance, and celebrate with their friends on the special holiday. Smiles and laughter filled the building as the girls and young women traded goodies, followed the dance teacher’s instructions, and celebrated with one another.
It was so special to watch these underprivileged girls forget their worries, and enjoy themselves to the fullest. It was the true realization of the Biblical description of how Purim was intended to be celebrated:
“On the thirteenth day of the month Adar, and on the fourteenth day of the same they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness.” (Esther 9:17)
It’s easy to say that this year’s Purim distribution was a smashing success!