talented girls gave a pre-Chanukah performance on Tuesday evening, December 4th
at the Kiryat Sanz Auditorium, a short walk from the Children’s Home. More than
200 ladies filled the hall to watch a most professional production including
choreographed dances, a choir singing, featuring solos and duets, and a
dramatic original play coached by our activities director, Elinor Gabay.
year, the theme of the annual Chanukah presentation was “Inner Beauty”.
Our precious girls have been learning about modesty, not only in dress, but in behavior
and language as well. To make these life lessons come to life, they took part
in a production that depicted all that they have learned.
that were selected for this Chanukah program included “Yevanim Nigbetzu Alai” –
the lyrics speak of the Greeks who wanted to influence the Jews and change
their ways – what is referred to as Hellenization. But, as the song describes,
regardless of the pressure or the consequences, the Jews continued in their
special modest ways and refused to become part of the immodest Greek culture.
short play, “The Test of Modesty”, is based on a true story about the head
mistress of a girls’ school in Israel, who was originally from Paris, France.
In her teen years, she stayed with a modern family who took her on a summer
vacation. It was this girl’s habit to wear thick stockings. Being that it was
so hot, the family suggested that she should wear thinner stockings – but she
refused. During the trip, a dangerous snake was spotted. The snake spared the
young woman with the thick socks. What could have been a life-threatening event
did not take place, thank G-d.
talented actresses received a great round of applause and took their bows
graciously as the audience showed their appreciation for a performance well
choreographed dancing and choral singing preceded and concluded the performance,
where professional audio and visual equipment was used. Our ‘actresses’ were
costumed and groomed by their peers who are as talented as any Hollywood
make-up artist, hairdresser, and stage dresser.
intermission, the ‘theater goers’ were treated to a dessert buffet that was
made with loving care and with a most professional flair by our girls who are
enrolled in an artistic patisserie-baking program that includes décor and
the end of the Chanukah production, Gitti Shmerler, the Home’s educational director,
presented commendations to the girls who excelled in the points program contest
and gave them coupons to redeem their gifts ranging from theme park tickets to
a pizza dinner out.
evening’s long time devoted sponsor, Mrs. Eiseman, hand delivered “Hello Kitty”
tote bags for each and every girl. To our girls’ delight, the bags were not
empty, but filled with assorted toiletries, travel games and books.
your support, the Lev LaLev Fund can continue to offer our girls
all the necessities that they have missed in their young years and afford them
active involvement in music, the arts, and other cultural programs available at
the Home. These
have remarkable therapeutic value – changing the girls’ lives forever.