In the weeks leading up to Purim, teachers and administrators of Great Neck’s Silverstein Hebrew Academy arranged for students to participate in activities that touched on the history of the holiday and its religious customs.
Students engaged in grade-level appropriate research, mitzvah projects, and interactive simcha activities to learn about the four important mitzvot of Purim.
Faculty brought together multiple generations to celebrate the festival. Morah Miri and Morah Tali’s pre-k class embarked on a shopping trip to use their zedakah money to pick out special Purim treats for residents of the Atria Senior Home. During their visit, students sang and danced to celebrate the holiday.
Elementary school students navigagted through an obstacle course which revealed information about each mitzvah through. Students learned about the history of Purim through a special assembly which featured a bilingual theatre show in English and Hebrew.
Silverstein staff also created a week of activities for middle school students which focused on the importance of being happy with what one has in life, or simcha. Students began their week by participating in a workshop that stressed the importance of thinking positively, being happy and making others happy. The workshop concluded with the students making emoji smiley stress balls.