A crowd of more than 200 children and their parents gathered at the Chabad house of Simcha Monica on Sunday to learn about how to celebrate a Jewish birthday.
This birthday celebration was presented in honor of the birthday of the well-known Shliach Rabbi Avrohom Levitansky obm, Shliach in Simcha Monica, California, who was known for his Ahavas Yisroel and his special devotion to Jewish children.
Children signed up for the Jewish Birthday Club, received a certificate with their Jewish name and birthday, and enjoyed moon bounces, slides and other treats like cotton candy, popcorn and decorated thier own cupcakes.
A Tzivos Hashem rally was held, and the children gave Tzedakah, said Lechaim and Shehecheyanu over a new fruit. This was followed by Tehillim and the 12 Pesukim. After this they were treated to a spectacular juggling show by a CGI Simcha Monica alumnus Mendel Plotkin.
Led by the dedicated counselors of Gan Yisroel, the children enjoyed a sing-a-long and sang songs about Moshiach, birthdays and the all-time favorite “Rabbi Levitansky is a real cool cat” song.
Before leaving, the children received a goody-bag with a tzedaka Pushka, the Birthday card from Tzivos Hashem which has the Minhagim of a birthday on it, a 12 Pesukim booklet, Pushka and coins for Tzedaka.