Early Childhood Program Goes All Out for Purim
Ms. Robin and her Giraffe class celebrate Purim in costume. Credit: Iris Koeller
By Iris Koeller
The Shalom Austin's JCC Early Childhood Program experienced such a freilich (joyful) Purim, with celebrations occurring in every class, school-wide, and with campus friends such as the Austin Jewish Academy.
Each class held age-group carnivals, with activities, costumes and arts and crafts stations. Many parents, grandparents, and special friends participated, with some helping to make delicious and creative hamentaschen.
Children in all the classes, infants through pre-kindergarten, also continued the tradition of making, and personally delivering, mishloach manot baskets, which were filled to the brim with goodies. Every department on campus, as well as Jewish Family Services, had a class deliver a special basket. This has been an ECP tradition for many years, and fulfills one of the core mitzvot of the holiday of Purim.
Another mitzvot, or commandment, is to hear the story of Purim, or Megillat Esther. Educators performed the play, "One Night In Shushan" for the children. Over 200 parents and Shalom Austin staff attended the two shows, and it was enjoyed by all.
Educators also went all out in dressing up, again role modelling joy and enthusiasm for the Jewish holidays.
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