ZOA BROOKLYN REGION is once again thinking of the soldiers of the IDF – and planning to distribute thousands of "Mishloach Manot," the special gifts of food that are traditionally given out on the Purim holiday.
For Purim 2014, ZOA Brooklyn Region is teaming up with the World Mizrachi Organization, the International Young Israel Movement (IYIM), Yashar Lachayal along with other organizations in order to maximize resources and ensure that they can bring Purim joy to as many soldiers as possible. Last year 6,500 Mishloach Manot were distributed to large bases and small outposts throughout Israel.
"It gives me great satisfaction to once again be leading this project for the 14th year in a row", said Rubin Margules, president of ZOA Brooklyn Region and the moving force behind the effort. Often we meet soldiers that immigrated from America and the joy in which they receive the Mishloach Manot is amazing. These brave young men and women who are defending the people and land of Israel, grew up in America and learnt about Zionism in our schools and synagogues across America and we all owe them a thank you for a job well done, Yashar Koach.”
Solly Sacks, Director-General of World Mizrachi, said that "it is a great privilege and honor to be able to distribute these packages to Israeli soldiers, who defend us 24 hours a day, and to bring a smile to their faces."
This year, the Mishloach Manot will be packaged by students who are learning in various yeshivot and seminaries in Israel, said Ceec Harrishburg, President of Young Israel in Israel. "The unique feature of our combined project is that we have many students, members and friends involved from around the world. Whether making kind financial contributions, packing or coming out to the bases to distribute – everyone lends a hand where they can," Harrishburg said.
"For the past thirteen years we have been able to bring Purim joy, and smiles to our brave Chayalim. I encourage everyone to get involved in this effort," said Meir Mishkoff, President, American Friends of Yisrael Hatza'ir.
“Along with the food packages that we hand deliver,” Mr. Margules said, “we also ask that people write a personal note of gratitude to to be included in the Mishloach Manot. These notes are especially appreciated by the soldiers reminding them that we stand with them and that they have not been forgotten. The notes can be written in English or Hebrew”.
Please write a note to a soldier in the additional comments section. It will be printed and included with your Mishloach Manot and given to a soldier.