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PRESS PHOTO BY ANITA HIRSCHChelsea Karp, volunteer coordinator for Jewish Family Services, and Syman Hirsch, Jewish war veteran, are shown with some of the gift bags assembled by the members of Jewish War Veterans Lehigh Valley Post 239. PRESS PHOTO BY ANITA HIRSCHChelsea Karp, volunteer coordinator for Jewish Family Services, and Syman Hirsch, Jewish war veteran, are shown with some of the gift bags assembled by the members of Jewish War Veterans Lehigh Valley Post 239.

Jewish war veterans pack gift bags for Purim

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by ANITA HIRSCH Special to The Press in Local News

The Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America Lehigh Valley Post 239 met Feb. 11.

Commander Sheila Berg contacted Jewish Family Services, and the volunteer coordinator, Chelsea Karp, came to the meeting for assistance in putting together 60 gift bags for the Purim holiday, which began Feb. 28.

These gift bags will be distributed to shut-ins throughout the community.

Marcia Schechter, outreach coordinator for Older Adult Services for Jewish Family Services will distribute the bags with the help from her volunteers.

Each bag contained a hamantaschen, a traditional three-cornered cookie, a mask that was decorated by local children and a grogger.

Holiday gift bags are distributed four times a year to give the shut-ins a sense of holiday and community.