The Fellowship’s With Dignity and Fellowship program provides Israel’s impoverished elderly help with food, medicine, and perhaps most importantly, companionship. Many of these people have no family members who visit them and have no reason to leave their home.
In the spirit of battling their loneliness, The Fellowship hosted a Purim party at Beit Rachel Elderly Club in Jerusalem last week. More than 60 elderly attended this event and spent several hours celebrating the Jewish holiday of Purim with singing, dancing, eating, and laughing.
A parade of costumed elementary schoolchildren kicked off the festivities. The party also included performances by clowns and a comic, and concluded with a costume competition for the elderly in attendance. As you can see in the photo above, there were some great get-ups on display – and countless smiles of joy.
For more information on the biblical roots of Purim, read this month's Limmud study on Haman.