Students at SSDS pack up Purim cheer for U.S. troops
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Students at SSDS pack up Purim cheer for U.S. troops

Lower School students at Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County in New Milford packed  111 boxes of granola bars, 62 bags of Hershey Kisses, and included 40 handwritten letters of hakarat hatov (gratitude) for mishloach manot it is sending to U.S. military troops around the world who are celebrating Purim. A chesed project, the effort was inspired by the school’s personal connection. That’s Lt. Col. Michael Dann, the father of fourth-grader Noah, who served in the U.S. Army for the last 15 years. SSDS Bergen worked with Rockland County-based Kosher Troops, which sends care packages to Jewish servicemen and women, helping them to celebrate the Jewish holidays and Shabbat and to feel connected to the Jewish community. “Thank you for your bravery,” wrote eight-year-old Lielle. She continued, “I hope you enjoy the mishloach manot for Purim. Soldiers are very important to us; there are four in my family.”

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