Congregation Or Chadash religious school students in grades 1-6 partnered with Connections Israel, a nonprofit organization based in Jerusalem, to send mishloach manot (Purim baskets) to soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces. Along with donating money for the holiday treats, the students wrote letters that were added to the soldiers’ packages.
The students’ messages included Hebrew phrases such as Chayal Yakar (Dear soldier), sh’mor al atzmechah (take care of yourself) and Chag Purim Sameach (Happy Purim), says Rina Liebeskind, COC director of education.
Connections Israel, she notes, provides educational hands-on projects to Jewish communities, schools, synagogues and camps around the world. For more information, visit www.connectionsisrael.com.