Purim Celebration for Terror Survivors
Mordecai recorded these events, and he sent letters to all the Jews throughout the provinces of King Xerxes, near and far,to have them celebrate annually the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month of Adar as the time when the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month when their sorrow was turned into joy and their mourning into a day of celebration. He wrote them to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor.
Many beautiful Jewish celebrations happen every year. These holidays and events are part of the heritage of our people and show both the joy and the sorrow of our journey as a people. In Israel, these days are central to our culture and yearly calendar, giving us time to reflect on our lives and deepen our connection with God.
Purim is one such holiday. Each year, in late winter, we celebrate the salvation of the Jewish people from Haman. Had we not been, tens of thousands would have been annihilated. Despite the gravity of its origins, Purim is a joyous time full of food, drink, and celebration.
During these times of celebration, it’s important to reflect upon how God saved us in the direst circumstances. Many are not as fortunate as we are, and do not have the money, time, or mental capacity to properly celebrate Purim.
Here at Vision for Israel, we strive to provide happiness, joy, and celebration for those who have very little. This year, we are hosting a Purim celebration for individuals and families who have survived acts of terror. These people have been through the worst that the world has to offer, and they must live with their pain and loss every day. Many also face situations of poverty and hunger at the same time.
We believe that everyone should be able to celebrate Purim. We want to provide joy and positive experiences for those who have lost so much and allow them a respite from their daily pain. The celebration allows for relaxation, rejuvenation, and fun. Our Purim event will include food and drink, gifts, music, workshops, and activities for children and adults alike. Because of COVID-19, we have been unable to host this event for the past two years. We are thrilled to be able to do it this year.
However, we can’t run this event without your help. Our Purim celebration costs around $23,000. We believe this is more than worth it for the joy and relief that it brings to these terror survivors, and we need your support to make it happen.
Please give generously here so that hundreds of men, women, and children can experience a bit of joy and celebration, despite the horrors they have seen.
May God bless and keep you this Purim season.
Batya and Barry Segal