Over 1,000 children and families attended a free communitywide carnival, held at HAFTR in Lawrence and organized by Ohel, Camp Kaylie, and HAFTR. The idea of the carnival was to provide entertainment for children and much-needed respite for parents and families who have been hit hard by the hurricane.
Activities included bouncy houses, prizes and giveaways generously donated by Mendy and Hedy Klein, snacks donated by Gourmet Glatt, as well as water generously donated by the Hershey Pennsylvania Fire Company, which has been in the community providing much-needed help since the hurricane hit.
While the majority of families came from the Five Towns, many families came from Brooklyn and even New Jersey. Additionally, children with developmental disabilities who are part of Ohel Bais Ezra’s weekly Sunday program at HAFTR enjoyed the carnival.
Among those in attendance were Elly Libin, longtime dedicated Ohel board member, as well as his wife Suzy; Jonathan Marks, the Ohel golf chairperson, and his wife Rachel, an Ohel board member; Judy Lebovits of the Gruss Foundation; and Ohel and Camp Kaylie board member Jay Kestenbaum.
Ohel thanks the many volunteers who came from TAG, HAFTR, HALB, Rambam, and Yeshivah of Flatbush.