Photo Credit: Asher Schwartz

Migdal Ha’Emek Mayor Eli Barda teamed up with the Grabski Multiple Sclerosis Center for the Purim holiday to spread cheer around the entire city.

Residents at the center worked together with volunteers for two days to prepare the mishloach manot gift baskets, thanks to a budget secured by the mayor.


“Despite the disabilities challenging our residents, each and every one has a desire to contribute and give back to the community, and there is no doubt that initiatives like these inject a feeling of joy and hope ahead of Purim,” said Kobi Vizel, Director of the Grabski Center.

“We deeply commend the Mayor for his vision in advancing and financially supporting this program and welcome any and all from around Israel to come and introduce similar programs because I know that our residents would feel blessed to be able to contribute in the future.”

Approximately 1,450 of the holiday packages were delivered, one to each school child in the city, courtesy of volunteers.

The Grabski Center is supported by Colel Chabad, Israel’s longest continuously running social services organization, founded in 1788.

“This project was a remarkable display of what can be achieved both for the residents of Grabski Center and the community of Migdal Haemek when we work together and think creatively,” said Rabbi Sholom Duchman, Chairman of Colel Chabad. “We look forward to continued partnership with the city and many others.”


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.