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Monday, March 17, 2014

Falcon's Nest Notes: Girls Soccer Helps Spread the Joy of Adar

Members of the Flatbush Falcons Varsity Girls Soccer team prepare Shalach Manot at Congregation Shaare Shalom along side Assistant Coach Emily Shrem (far left)
On Thursday, 3/13/14, members of the Flatbush Girls Varsity Soccer team spent the evening helping prepare Mishloach Manot. Joining with Assistant Coach Emily Shrem, the girls came together at Congregation Shaare Shalom (located on 21st Street and Avenue S) to help package the seasonal gifts of food and sweets as noted in Megillat Esther in celebration of the preservation of the Jewish community of Persia in the face of annihilation at the hands of a trusted government official.

Over a two-hour period, the student-athletes assembled, wrapped and set out nearly 300 packages for delivery before Purim. The goods were donated by the members of the congregation, and in addition to sending some to the membership of the shul, many were set aside for the purpose of sharing the holiday spirit with those less fortunate in the community. In addition to the poor, many of these Mishloach Manot were delivered to Sephardic Bikur Cholim (Kings Highway & East 4th Street) and the Ahi Ezer Senior Citizens Home (Avenue S & East 17th Street).

After looking back on the evening, Coach Shrem shared the following observation. “Everyone who came was a great help. The girls were tremendous and it was a wonderful experience. I can’t wait to do more Chesed projects with the team!” What a wonderful and meaningful way to spread the message of Purim while also sharing some sweet treats with those in the nearby surrounding community.

Nest Notes:
The participation of the Girls Varsity Soccer Team in packaging goods for Purim at Congregation Shaare Shalom is in following with the Athletic Department goal for each level of each team to engage in a Chesed project that provides our student-athletes with leadership opportunities and gives back to the community. Chazak U’Baruch to all the members and coaches of the Varsity Girls Soccer team!