Joyous Purim Under the Sea

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120 children, siblings and parents attended a joyful Purim party at the Friendship Circle of Brooklyn.

Children with special needs and their families, really did have a joyous Purim this year. The Friendship Circle of Brooklyn hosted its annual Purim Party on Thursday morning with over 120 children, siblings and parents in attendance. Children and adults entered ‘the Sea’, complete with a giant ship, huge waves and “food of the Ocean”. Face painting, treasure hunts in sand, and Purim sea crafts got the crowd in the mood and the program off the ground. After opening remarks, the Megilla was read by Rabbi Sholly Weiser, with children participating in booing Haman and all evil.

What followed was an incredible bubble show. The energetic audience reacted with loud bursts of applause and “oohs and aahs” as comic balloon artist Seth Bloom demonstrated fascinating tricks of bubble artistry.

Culminating the event, each child went home with a beautifully wrapped Mishloach Manos – packed by the children of local Shul Chevra Ahavas Yisroel and cards made by children from Staten Island Hebrew School.

New this year, the Friendship Circle teamed up with Lamplighters Yeshiva to offer home deliveries of Shalach Manos to children with special needs on purim, by their students. All children enjoy Shalach manos and this year children at the Friendship Circle were able to enjoy it too.

The Purim party and Mishloach Manos was sponsored in part by Mr. and Mrs. Zalman and Pessi Schochat, Mr. and Mrs. Dovid and Malki Smetana, Mr. and Mrs. Shai and Brushie Denburg, and Mr. and Mrs. Eli and Lori Weinstock. Photos: B A Van Sise