The pediatric oncology ward at Mayer-Rambam hospital looked especially festive as Ezra Lemarpeh observed the longtime tradition of a Hanukkah party for the children in the ward. Dozens of children crowded into the ward’s playroom, decorated in the spirit of the holiday, and ate the holiday’s delicacies. Ezra Lemarpeh volunteers brought the entertainment with them, in the form of clowns and comedians, while the music was left for the expert hands of Tal Kleiner, who had them all dancing to Hanukkah songs.
The Ezra LeMarpeh Association, founded by Rabbi A. E. Firer, provides assistance to the sick and needy.
Lights On for the Rambam Children
The children’s excitement peaked when the entire Maccabi Haifa team stepped in to join the holiday fun. Team supporter Guy lit the candles with the team members, followed by some holiday songs, photo-ops with the kids, and lots of Maccabi Haifa merchandise. The players joined Ezra Lemarpeh volunteers in a tour of the ward, and visited the bed-bound children in the isolation rooms, bringing them Hanukkah gifts courtesy of Ezra Lemarpeh. Ward chief Prof. Miriam Ben Harush thanked the Ezra Lemarpeh team and their chairman Rabbi Elimelech Firer, for their year-round help and support for the children.