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Celebrating Purim Freely

Na'aleh 13Last week, people from all around the world celebrated the Jewish holiday of Purim.

On this day, we commemorate the Jews being saved from a man named Haman who was plotting their murder in the ancient Persian Empire. As it is a triumphant day, people dress up in celebration.


For many, the ability to celebrate one’s religion and identity freely is taken for granted. However, the reality is that for many people, this is not a possibility.

In fact, many children from the French Na’aleh Program at CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village had never publically celebrated Purim. The children shared that in their home country of France, many feared openly celebrating a Jewish holiday due to anti-Semitism and fear for their safety.

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As a result, the Purim celebration last week was many of the French Na’aleh children’s first time dressing up publicly for Purim, and freely rejoicing the holiday with their peers.

These children left their home country in the hopes of a more secure life and brighter future. It is because of CHW’s support that we see the smiles on these children’s faces; providing them with more than a safe home, but also a fun-loving environment.

Take a look at the gallery below to see more pictures from the Purim celebrations!