This year for the Jewish holiday of Purim, elderly Jews in Israel – including Holocaust survivors – are invited to a Fellowship-hosted Purim celebration, where volunteers will also join in the festivities, making for a very special event. Writers at Breaking Israel News tell us more:
“Loneliness and social inactivity are among the most distressing challenges that elderly folks face,” Rabbi Eckstein said in a statement. “Sometimes, it can even be worse than remaining financially afloat during this period, another serious challenge that mars what is meant to be their golden years.”
“It’s important to us that Israel’s elderly should be part of the great simchah (happiness), the elation that characterizes the festival of Purim.”
This coming Wednesday, February 28, 190 elderly residents from the city of Lod will enjoy an uplifting Purim party thanks to the efforts of not only the IFCJ but also 50 volunteer soldiers from the Tzrifin army base. The volunteers will bring along accessories, a disc jockey, two photographers, a makeup artist, and even a manicurist to pamper the elderly women.