Purim Activities At The Hebrew Academy
Learning Through Jewish Preschool Activities
"Purim is the time that our preschool children dress up and become Kings and Queens for the day." explained Hebrew Academy Pre School director and teacher Vicki Hercsky.
"They love imitiating the story of Purim. The children visualize the Purim characters and they play out the story, they become the story!
We begin by reading them the story of Esther and Purim...Long ago, in a country called Persia there was a king named Achashveyrosh and his queen Vashti... the children play out the story acting as the king and the queen. Because the queen had pimples the pre school children paint pimples on their faces. The story comes to life.
We at the Hebrew Academy choose to reenact the Purim story, to bring it into real life. Children have vivid imaginations, articulating what they see and feel is not always easy. Having an outlet like the Hebrew Academy to play out their imagination helps the students begin the verbal process of expressing their thoughts."
Purim is about creating a sense of oneness and unity between all Jew, young and old. There is no greater way for them to create that connectedness then to bring happiness and joy and gifts to their own families as well as to others.
That’s what we do at the Hebrew Academy, we dance, we sing and we gave hugs. We visited the residents at a senior community near us, we sat closely with them and we shared smiles.
Instilling Jewish values for life is a fundamental mission of the Hebrew Academy.