A Herzlia Purim story

Ethan Werb, Gr12, Herzlia High School

By Jenna Zetler, Gr 12, Herzlia SLC, Jewish LIfe and Learning (JLL) Portfolio

This Purim was unlike any other. Herzlia High School had the privilege of uniting with our fellow primary schools, Herzlia Weizmann and Highlands. 

It was a joyous and meaningful day spent together as one big Herzlia family. As I walked around, laughter filled the air and smiles beamed from everyone’s faces. Watching Matrics interact with grades as young as Grade 1 spreading the Purim joy was a memorable sight. We all dressed up in our funky outfits leaving no room for anything but good spirits and immense Jewish pride. 

We started our day by fulfilling one of the mitzvot of Purim listening to the Megillah. The girls had the opportunity to go to an all female reading of Megillat Esther. With an exceptional turnout filling our Herzlia Beit Midrash shul, it was a massive hit! 

During break, every pupil received a delicious hamantashen, with everyone running back for seconds. After break, high school pupils had the opportunity to work as a team in mentor groups, learning about the mitzvot, lessons and the story of Purim while the primary school pupils made Raashanim

We then united with the Herzlia Primary Schools in the hall to fulfil the mitzvot of making and packing mishloach manot, which we later donated. I found this interaction highly rewarding helping the primary school kids to pack and decorate each mishloach manot with love was a bonding experience that I will cherish forever. We can’t forget about the epic dance party before the highly anticipated Purim Carnival. After hours of fun, we said goodbye to our Herzlia primary school family and had an incredible LED light show followed by the Senior Leadership Committee (SLC) Purim play. All in all, this Purim was one for the books, filled with passionate spirit from every single grade across six schools and four campuses. This was a Purim that the entire Herzlia family will remember forever!

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