February 21, 2013
Purim for all—Special Needs Events this Weekend
Purim is an especially festive Jewish holiday that captures the essence of many Jewish holidays--the bad guys tried to kill us, we triumphed, now let's eat and party! For people with sensory issues, it can be challenging since it tradtionally includes very loud booing every time that the name of the bad guy, Haman, is mentioned. To help prepare kids for all that noise, there's a lot of great tools available through the Gateways website including social stories about how to wait in line at a Purim carnival, a simplified version of the Purim story, and lots of games and other activities.
This year, Purim is on Saturday night, February 23 and Sunday, February 24, and there's a wide variety of celebrations in our area for children and adults with special needs. Our 18-year-old son with special needs used to cry and whine during megillah readings when he was younger, but now he can't get enough of Purim songs, parties and screaming out "BOO" on top of his lungs.We will be going to as many of these events listed below until I am the one crying!
A special thanks to HaMercaz for sharing this list:
Yachad LA Purim Extravaganza
Saturday Night, Feb 23, 7:45-9 pm with JLIC at UCLA
UCLA Hillel, 574 Hilgard Avenue
Chaverim Purim Party Hosted by B'nai David Judea
Etta Young Professional Purim Party
To buy tickets and for more information, go to ettapurim.eventbrite.com or call 818-985-3882 ext 231
Friendship Circle LA--Purim in Africa
Valley Friendship Circle and Camp Chesed Family Fun-Stival
"Orange Delight" Purim Feast 1:30Magic, Game Booths, Prizes & Awards, Live music,
Megillah reading and much more! Adults & Children Grand Masquerade Contest!!