Purim Celebrations at Bakehila
This year too, the Bakehila staff and Year of Service volunteers were sure to live up to the expression "When Adar arrives, we increase our happiness", so they organized various activities we will elaborate on here…
The days of Purim, the favorite days of Jewish children everywhere, arrived at 'Bakehila' and provided an opportunity to cut loose a little, and arrange special activities that emphasize creativity, joy and a lot of fun!
Purim events started long before the holiday, as at the 15 different schools Bakehila works with, the Year of Service Volunteers organized with the schools staff a "Purim Market", costume contests, activities and much, much more.
The festivities peaked at the communal events in each of Bakehila's neighborhoods:
In Katamonim, a festive happening took place at the Kagan center, which many organizations active in the neighborhood worked on, and included activities, booths, sets, and costumes for about 250 children and their families. And since Purim usually lasts two days, the following day an "Amazing Race" competition took place, during which the parents and children got acquainted with the Katamonim neighborhood and what's happening in it.
In Gilo, Purim was celebrated at a neighborhood "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" themed happening. The event took place at the community center and was operated by the youth movements and Bakehila's service year volunteers. Hundreds of children enjoyed the activity booths, games, music and good mood. This joyful event was concluded with the play "Eliezer and the Carrot".
Around 100 children from Talpiyot enjoyed a giant "Purim around the World" themed neighborhood happening that took place at Beit Lazarus, the neighborhood community center. In Egypt, the children searched their way through the dark, in Italy they made pizzas, in Las Vegas they played card games, and in Brazil they participated in a carnival where they danced a storm, in Hawaii the children played limbo, and a soccer tournament took place in England. At the end of the event, the children received Purim treats - Mishlochey Manot.
The Purim festivities reached Neve Yaakov as well, and two events for the children took place in the neighborhood. Purim opened with a fun happening for 1st-6th grades children whom enjoyed booths, a trampoline and food stands, all thanks to the help of the neighborhood's youth that participated in much of the activity, but all this was in preparation for the second event in which the neighborhood's teenagers arrived at the community center, where a crazy "Brazilian carnival" style party waited for them. The entire hall was decorated wall to wall, by much dedicated effort of Bakehila's service year volunteers. At the end of the night the Shinshinim were welcomed with warm gratitude from the neighborhood's youth.
And amongst the many events, masks and noisemakers, a Purim party was held for the organization's staff, year of service volunteers and JVP employees that included performances, a costume contest, dancing and many many unforgettable moments. The party was honored by the presence of the founder of Bakehila and JVP, Erel Margalit.