Temple Israel of West Palm Beach showed their support of Alpert JFS’ Guardianship Program clients with Purim baskets filled with hamantaschen, candy, chocolate, masks, sparkling water, trail mix, Pirate’s Booty snacks, gragger (noisemaker), and an informational sheet about the significance of the holiday.

“These Purim packages are lovely, and our clients have been delighted to receive them,” said Pam Wiener, Ph D., Director of Guardianship program.

Ellen Goldenson spearheaded the Sisterhood-sponsored initiative (with the participation of Brotherhood members), in keeping with the custom of sending gifts to friends and strangers during the holiday.

“It was a pleasure to be able to have some fun and bring joy to people for Purim,” said Goldenson. “This was especially meaningful in our challenging times.”

Purim, celebrated this year on Thursday, February 25, commemorates the saving of the Jewish people living in Persia from extermination in the 5th Century, BCE. The people delivering the Purim baskets donned masks and gloves, and practiced social distancing, to safely deliver the food.

The staff of Alpert JFS’ Guardianship Program step in when nobody else can, with Guardians acting in the best interest of those unable to manage themselves or their personal affairs. They serve as surrogate decision-makers, appointed by the court, to make personal and financial decisions for a minor or an adult with a disability (mental or physical). To learn more, visit https://www.alpertjfs.org/for-seniors-guardianship/.

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