This year, in the spirit of Hakhel, many classes in Bais Rivkah School were treated to festive gatherings on Purim morning in various homes in Crown Heights.
Morah Esty Newfield, a teacher in 2nd grade said, “This arrangement made it convenient for each girl to exchange mishloach manos with her classmates. The girls wore their costumes and were able to spend time together, rather than searching all over the neighborhood for their friends.”
Each program began with davening shacharis with v’al hanisim, reciting the 12 pesukim, and contributing coins for matanos l’evyonim. The girls enjoyed playing games, decorating arts n’ craft projects, singing, and dancing in the spirit of Purim. Mrs. Gittie Sternberg, a teacher in 3rd grade said, “The girls ‘modeled’ their costumes and the simcha was palpable!” This was also an opportunity for some classes to enjoy a nutritious, light lunch together.
Morah Chanie Wolf, a teacher in 3rd grade, arranged for her class to go together on mivtzoyim in Prospect Park after the gathering. She said, “The girls were so enthusiastic to give out mishloach manos and coins for tzedaka. This shifted the focus from simply collecting more and more candy to sharing the simcha and mitzvos of Purim with others.”
The parents were unanimous in praising the gatherings. Mrs. Hershkop, a mother of a 2nd grade student wrote to her daughter’s teacher, “Thank you so much for organizing this event. My daughter came home so happy. It was the highlight of her Purim. Thank you so much for all that you do for the girls. It’s amazing!”