Hanukkah is known as the Festival of Lights—but it is also known as the "festival of performances.” Unlike most children in Israel, children at risk who have been removed from their parents' homes due to neglect, abuse, or parental incapacity do not enjoy activities and performances during the holiday.
With your donations, Vision for Israel puts together a fun celebration with experiential activities every year.
This year we hosted 50 at-risk children from the Shfela plains at the Millennium Centre, along with their escorts.
The children came to the centre in the morning, and after eating breakfast, they enjoyed activities with Miri the Clown—including an activity with a giant colourful parachute, an ethnic drum workshop, a stunt show, and more.
The atmosphere was very warm and cosy—we lit candles together, sang Hanukkah songs and every child received a sufganiyah and a balloon sculpture, which Miri the clown made for each child.
The smiles on the faces of these adorable children and their enjoyment illuminated the centre with the special light of Hanukkah.