(Courtesy of Bnei Akiva) In anticipation of Purim, Bnei Akiva Scarsdale and 30 children from the Young Israel of Scarsdale community took part in a mishloach manot packaging chesed event. Participants ranged in age from first through ninth grade, and packed hamentashen, drinks, chocolates and personalized Purim letters, to add joy to the Purim of the needy.
The event was run in conjunction with the Met Council, a charitable organization dedicated to alleviating Jewish poverty across New York City. The Met Council distributed the mishloach manot on Purim day to 170 individuals and families in the New York area.
Leah Schechter of the Met Council spoke to the participants before the event about the importance of the chesed they were doing. “Many families miss out on getting to celebrate Jewish holidays in a joyous way because of financial challenges,” said Schechter. “This event will allow families to enjoy Purim with a little more joy this year.”
Participants enjoyed assembling food and drink items together with friends, and including personalized Purim letters within each package. “Not only was the event fun,” said Michael Duel, 12, “but we also got to perform two of the mitzvot of Purim—mishloach manot and matanot l’evyonim (gifts to the poor).”
“The chanichim (children) had a really great time packing the mishloach manot,” said Michal Seinfeld, 15, a madricha (youth leader) in Bnei Akiva. “And they were happy knowing that what they did really will go a far way in enhancing the Purim of others.»