The Biggest Event in Modern Jewish History
On February 28th, Ilan High School’s ninth graders went on a different kind of class trip. The girls piled into Oorah’s Lakewood headquarters on a mission to spread Purim joy, just over a week before the holiday.
Oorah, a Jewish outreach organization, and Ilan High School of Deal, came together to form a powerful team, packing thousands of Purim packages for families across the country. Brightly-decorated boxes were stuffed with all kinds of goodies, including a Purim guide explaining all aspects of the holiday, a fun Oorah kippah, and, of course, lots of nosh.
This isn’t the first time Ilan has cooperated with Oorah in hesed. Earlier this year, Ilan’s students helped pack Hanukah party-in-a-box packages.
“It’s really like a factory,” one of the girls said, describing how the students formed an assembly line and worked with dazzling efficiency. Within just a few short hours, over 1,800 packages were prepared.
Over the course of Purim, nearly 3,000 mishloah manot were delivered to families involved in Oorah’s programs, which include their Zone camps in upstate New York, their Torah Mates one-on-one learning program, and the Yeshiva placement service.
Thanks to Oorah and a special group of girls, 3,000 families were able to experience the joy of Purim in a uniquely profound way and feel a deep connection to their fellow Jews.