On Sunday evening, November 16, the Ohel Bais Ezra’s East 16th Street residence community in Brooklyn joyously celebrated the 10th anniversary of the residence. The party consisted of the women who currently live there, as well as current staff, former residents and staff, friends, and family. The party was filled with many people who all care deeply for the women of Ohel Bais Ezra’s East 16th Street residence.
Volunteers came to enhance the party, and they all helped make it a truly memorable occasion. Chaim Moskowitz and Yanky Flusberg performed live simcha music, while Sobo Richmond led an exciting Zumba dance session. Kate Nor led an engaging arts-and-crafts session, where the women and their guests made colorfully painted T-shirts and bright tote bags as one of their takeaway souvenirs. Elana Levovitz led a baking session, where participants baked delicious (and nutritious) banana crumb muffins, which were served for dessert.
After the activities, the participants all joined for a festive dinner. Judy and Karyn, two women who live in the residence, gave a joint speech thanking all of the staff who work with them, and they thanked everybody for coming. Three staff members in particular, Helen Zeygeril, Maria Valle, and Lea Katz, were publicly thanked by the residence manager, as they have been working since the home opened. The evening ended with an emotionally moving slideshow of beautiful moments that the women, families, and staff were so proud to see.
All the women were overjoyed to be at the party and to see their families and friends participate in fun activities with them. “It was an incredible evening,” said Henriette Kadoch, the residence manager. “It was moving to see so many family members, friends, former residents, and staff come together to celebrate the anniversary of this warm and welcoming home, purely out of admiration for each of East 16th’s truly special individuals.”
Since 1969, Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services has served as a dependable haven of individual and family support, helping people of all ages effectively manage disability, surmount everyday challenges, heal from trauma, and manage with strength and dignity during times of crisis