Project Spotlight: Visiting Elderly on Purim

The Fellowship  |  March 3, 2021

An IFCJ staff member with an elderly Jewish man during Purim.
חלוקת משלוחי מנות הקרן לידידות ירוחם משה נתניה

“When I heard music and saw the vehicle, it made me very happy. It’s great that they don’t forget us.”

This is 96-year-old Leonid, a Holocaust survivor who lives alone in Ofakim, Israel. He is just one of the 1,500 lonely elderly we visited during the Jewish celebration of Purim last week, showing them we care. We helped these precious people celebrate one of the most joyous holidays on the Jewish calendars.

Typically, during the Purim holiday celebration, Jews participate in a reading of the biblical book of Esther, eat hat-shaped cookies called Hamantaschen after the villain in the story, and dress up in costume. But many elderly find themselves isolated with no one to celebrate with.

Thankfully, while following all of the COVID-19 safety rules and guidelines, we traveled around to the homes of elderly in the Fellowship Happiness Vehicles to sing Purim songs and deliver festive holiday treats.

Leonid said it best: “Thank you very much. It warms my heart that someone still cares.”

With The Fellowship, you can bring comfort and care to an elderly person in need today.

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