I wore a funny hat to help my ‘twin’
OVER 20 UJIA Ethiopian bar/batmitvah (EBBM) programme participants raised £1,000 by taking part in a funnyhat Purim bag-pack at M&S in Temple Fortune on Sunday.
The funds will go towards their “twins” being able to participate in the EBBM programme in Kiryat Bialik, north Israel.
Participants in the six-hour packathon wore head-wear inspired by clowns, jesters, horses, cat-in-the-hat, sharks and ninjas.
Olivia Harris, an EBBM graduate from last year’s cohort, said: “I want to do the bag-pack every year. EBBM has changed my life, and I know how much our twins need the programme.”
The programme, now in its 12th year, works with up to 30 new Ethiopian immigrants of bar-batmitzvah age, living in Kiryat Bialik, and twins them with children from the British Jewish community. The twins learn about each other’s cultures and are encouraged to correspond with each other via emails, and form friendships.
The programme culminates in a week-long celebration in Israel each July for the twins, and their families. It includes the opportunity to experience a shared bnei mitzvah ceremony in Jerusalem.