Purim time has come again and for the 6th year running, we celebrated with our costume-making event…despite the additional challenge of meeting with the children and creating the costumes while still maintaining social distance and keeping everyone safe. When sitting down to plan for this year’s event we quickly realized that our big joyous annual event couldn’t happen, but there was no way we were going to let the children down. Thankfully, everyone, children, families, and volunteers, were on board and ready to meet the challenge head-on. This year each group of students met with their assigned family separately (following social distancing rules and wearing masks) and the results were no less incredible than in years past. Volunteers created close to 30 costumes for children that use wheelchairs or walkers…30 children that were able to parade around at their school Purim celebrations wearing the costume of their dreams.
For those of you reading about our costume event for the first time, Making Costume Dreams Come True is an annual event held by Beit Issie Shapiro and the Holon Institute of Technology. Student volunteers from HIT’s department of design create unique and special costumes for children who use wheelchairs and walkers, incorporating the mobility device into the costume. A lot of kids may dress up as Batman for Purim, but not everyone can be Batman in a Batmobile!
Over the years, the event has become well known throughout Israel, and this year it was even featured in an American magazine. Click the links to read more about the event and watch the video to hear from Avital, one of the students who participates every year. Following the video you can scroll through the rest of the post and meet all our costume stars!
Read about us:
Listen to Avital talk about why she loves getting her costume with us:
Watch an interview with one of the organizers of the event:
Take a look at this year’s stars in their wonderful costumes
Brian, the D.J.:
D.J. Brian and his team
Omer, the flying unicorn:
Omer the flying unicorn
Koren, and his brother Tevel, the Maccabi Tel Aviv superstars:
Maccabi Tel Aviv superstars, Koren and Tevel
Ronny, the Movie Director:
Ronny the Director
Nevo, the soccer referee:
Nevo the soccer referee
Lior, the tractor driver:
Lior the tractor driver
Yael, the colorful butterfly:
Yedidia, the ambulance driver:
Yedidia, the ambulance driver
Amit, the soul bird (a popular Hebrew book):
Amit, the soul bird
Ido as Marshall, from PAW Patrol:
Ido as Marshall from PAW Patrol
Avital saving the world as a Coronavirus Vaccine:
Avital saving the world as a Coronavirus vaccine
Erez as Santa Claus and his reindeer:
Ho, ho, ho says Erez as Sant Claus
Ariel as Batman in his Batmobile:
Batman Ariel in his Batmobile
Lavi, the ice cream cone:
The sweetest ice cream cone around!
Oz as Dennis from Hotel Transylvania:
Oz as Dennis from Hotel Transylvania
Mia, the birthday fairy:
Our birthday fairy
Omer, the Olympic swimmer:
Omer the gold medal swimmer
Zohar, Queen of Letters:
Zohar, Queen of Letters
Chaim as Spiderman, with his Spidey-web:
Eli, the Breslov D.J.:
Eli, better known as the Breslov D.J.
Neria, the scientist, in his Coronovirus lab:
Neria the scientist
Adi, the marshmallow vendor:
Adi selling delicious marshmallows
Happy Purim Everyone!
See you next year!