A Different Kind of Simcha at Ateres Chaya
One usually comes to Ateres Chaya, a grand Simcha hall located in the heart of Brooklyn, to celebrate a wedding or a Bar Mitzvah, but on the 7th night of Chanukah, a different type of celebration took place.
It was the annual OHEL Chanukah party, where OHEL staff, volunteers, individuals and board members all gather to celebrate together. It is a truly uplifting and inspiring evening, with nachas infused throughout the entire venue.
There were almost 750 people who came to the OHEL Chanukah party, sponsored once again by Sammy and Lea Trencher. There were smiles that warmed the heart, dancing, food, and sufgoniyot sponsored by another good friend of OHELâ€™s children.
The incredible party featured all different kinds of entertainers, including magicians, face painters, and balloon sculptures. There were gifts and giveaways on every table, and nobody left the party empty handed!
One of the OHEL Bais Ezra clients who was at the party said how they look forward to the party all year, and that they enjoy having the opportunity to get dressed up, and dance.
Mazel tov is due to OHEL on 44 years of providing help to individuals with developmental and psychiatric illness, to children abused and neglected with nowhere else to turn.Â All of these individuals are part of the OHEL family, and without OHEL they would have nowhere to turn and no place to call home.Â They all deserve Simcha and the ability to celebrate with our community members.
So mazel tov to OHEL and all its wonderful board members, supporters and friends who ensure that every individual is part of the OHEL family.
Since 1969, OHEL Childrenâ€™s Home and Family Services has served as a dependable haven of individual and family support, helping people of all ages surmount everyday challenges, heal from trauma, and manage with strength and dignity during times of crises. Driven by service excellence, OHELâ€™s professional staff meet the myriad social service needs of the general community, while at the same time providing culturally-sensitive services to the Jewish community, including Yiddish, Hebrew and Russian speakers. Through highly-rated foster care, developmental disability, mental health, and other programs and services, OHEL provides supportive housing, treatment, care coordination, education, outreach and much more to elevate lives and strengthen individuals and communities in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, Florida, California and worldwide on the web. David Mandel is the CEO of OHEL.