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Purim is Sunday March 12, 2017 (starting Saturday March 11 at sundown) in Israel and around the world

Purim is the Jewish holiday which commemorates the events that took place in the biblical book of Esther. Jewish traditions include the reading of the Megillah (מגילה‎‎, meaning scroll, referring to the book of Esther), dressing up in costumes and giving Mishloach Manot (משלוח מנות, meaning sending of portions, referring to the gift packages we give on Purim).

This year the Jacob’s Hope compassion team in Israel had the opportunity to double the blessing of giving mishloach manot. We purchased 200 gift packages from a fundraiser for Life for Alon Foundation [link], a local nonprofit set up to help a young boy with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). We then gave those gift packages to bless others.

From the 200 packages we purchased, we are giving:

  • 100 to our Partners in Karmiel for distribution to children in Northern Israel
  • 50 to a non-profit that works with soldiers
  • 27 for an Autistic school in Hadera
  • 23 for the children’s ward at Sheba Hospital in Ramat Gan

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