I wore a funny hat to help my ‘twin’

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY -

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.

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