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Hamaspik Day Habs Advance Happiness Theme of Adar Month at Joint Pre-Purim Party

April 15, 2016  

By Mendy Hecht, Hamaspik Gazette

 

Orange, Rockland County Programs Unite for Holiday Spirit, Interaction

There’s no better way to prepare for Purim than with a pre-Purim party.

Adar was definitely in the air this past Monday, March 21st, as the young women who regularly attend Hamaspik of Rockland County’s Day Habilitation (Day Hab) program hosted their Orange County counterparts at an exciting get-together in Monsey.

The joint event, held at Hamaspik of Rockland County headquarters on Rt. 59, invoked all the familiar parts of the joyous festival: Masquerades, music and the Mishloach Manos food gifts.

Arriving in full Purim costumes before the official 12:30 p.m. start, the two-dozen-plus individuals from upstate Kiryas Joel, home to Hamaspik of Orange County, were gleefully greeted along with their support staff.

The get-together carried the theme of fish—the symbol of the Jewish-calendar Adar month in which Purim falls.  Partygoers thus baked fish-shaped cookies and played a game in which players had to say something “fishy.”

The party also treated participants to face painting, a fresh and healthy lunch (with health foods including salads for those on diets) and plenty of socializing.

The guests were also all too happy to share a favorite dance routine with their hosts—and with lively music pouring from a sound system set up for the party, participants and staff joined hands for 45 minutes of lively footwork accompanied by plenty of singing along.

But the apex of the event, which was jointly planned by Women’s Division Managers Mrs. Schonfeld (Rockland) and Mrs. Niederman (Orange) two weeks prior, was a repeat appearance by Mr. Shmuli Perkel and his interactive Musical IQ percussion workshop.

Using the interactive activity’s numerous hand drums, Mr. Perkel once again had his Hamaspik crowd learning and/or reinforcing musical timing—not to mention gaining improved fine-motor and artistic-expression skills.

Participants came away musically and emotionally charged for the upcoming Purim holiday—and with a renewed sense of bonding and sisterhood.

“We joined them for Chanukah,” says Mrs. Schonfeld. “It was nice to have them for Purim.”