Ohel Children’s Home & Family Services residences and individuals feel the joy and warmth of Chanukah. Ohel’s volunteer department ran its successful annual Chanukah Gift Drive, and Ohel thanks the many hundreds of schools, shuls, organizations, and families who contributed thousands of gifts to children and families at Ohel.
On the second night of Chanukah, Ohel hosted its annual Chanukah party. Every year Ohel staff, volunteers, and board members all gather to celebrate Chanukah together with hundreds of Ohel individuals.
The Ohel Chanukah party, with over 800 people in attendance, was again graciously sponsored by Sammy and Lea Trencher. Smiles warmed hearts, and together with entertainers including face painters, a balloon sculptor, and a magician, attendees enjoyed dancing, food, and sufganiyot sponsored by Jerry Weisman of OMNI Managed Health.
The highlight of the evening was a fabulous performance by the Shloime Dachs Orchestra which had the whole room up on their feet and dancing. There were gifts and giveaways on every table, and nobody left the party empty handed!
Ohel also held a special Chanukah Foster Party for Ohel foster parents and children in foster care. It provided a much appreciated opportunity for parents, families, and children in similar situations to enjoy a fun night of food, dancing, and doughnuts, complete with a fun and interactive magic show. To top off the evening, each foster child received a present to take home.
Shulamis Marcus, a home-finding associate for Ohel Foster Care, conveyed that a highlight of the evening was when all the fathers got together for a game of Simon Says. “It was really a moving moment to see all of the children watching their fathers and foster fathers participate.”
The Chanukah festivities continued throughout the week, with day habilitation Chanukah parties in North Shore Hebrew Academy High School, Yeshiva of Central Queens, Westchester Day School, and Torah Academy of Bergen County.
For over 46 years, Ohel has provided help to individuals with developmental and psychiatric illness, to children abused and neglected, and to families with nowhere else to turn. All of these individuals are part of the Ohel family, and without Ohel they would have no place to call home. They all deserve simcha and the ability to celebrate with our community members.