JERUSALEM — This week, on Purim, elderly Jews throughout Israel were provided with food and companionship as young people and other volunteers from The Fellowship made it their goal to ensure that no one in their community would celebrate the festival alone this year.
“During a celebration filled with the joy of being together, too many Jews would have had to celebrate alone this Purim if it wasn’t for the generosity of our many friends. There’s nothing like seeing the smile of an elderly man or woman when our volunteers show up with a gift and a listening ear,” said Yael Eckstein, president of The Fellowship.
On Purim each year Jews around the world celebrate the historic moment when the Jewish community was saved from the hands of Haman by the courage of Queen Esther, according to the Hebrew Bible. The festive holiday is marked by an exuberant celebration, and each year The Fellowship makes it possible for many across Israel to join in the celebration.
This year personal visits were made and food packets were distributed across 23 cities, including Jerusalem, Tiberias, Beit She’an, Ashkelon, Be’er Sheva, and the one of the villages neighboring the Gaza Strip that has continually been targeted by terrorist rocket attacks, Sderot.
Yael Eckstein also provided her own reflections on the ongoing threats against the state of Israel and against Jews around the world via an editorial published by Fox News entitled “Mom of four: Here’s why I turned my bomb shelter into a playroom.”