OHEL Bais Ezra Individuals Celebrate Elishevaâ€™s & Shirahâ€™s Bat Mitzvah
This past Sunday, OHEL Bais Ezra individuals joined Elisheva Friedman and Shirah Abrahams and friends for a unique Bat Mitzvah celebration. Elisheva and Shirah are cousins whose bat mitzvahs are both on 24 Adar and they wanted to a special chessed project that included individuals with disabilities. They and several of their friends together with OHEL Bais Ezraâ€™s individuals with developmental disabilities spent Sunday morning packaging over 100 mishloach manot.Â Everyone was excited to do their part in packing bags with great gifts and snacks.Â The packaging party and Bat Mitzvah celebrations are part of OHELâ€™s newest program â€śGifts At Workâ€ť which allows community members to join with OHEL individuals and package gift bags for year round use.
The program offers a sense of dignity and accomplishment to OHELâ€™s individuals. It is a fun program that employs individuals with disabilities while at the same time allowing community members to visit the OHEL Day Hab Center, learn about OHELâ€™s programs, jointly package the mishloach manos and then purchase meaningful gifts for family and friends.
The Gifts at Work Program can engage children and adults of all ages including community members and corporations. The OHEL Day Hab has proudly hosted students from DRS, and staff members from the Mutual of America and Investors bank.
Since 1969, OHEL Childrenâ€™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 crises.