Rachel Stinar and Judith Terushkin show off their Purim Puff shirts. (Shayna Fraley/The Weber School)
Rachel Stinar and Judith Terushkin show off their Purim Puff shirts. (Shayna Fraley/The Weber School)

Spirit Week

March 14, 2018

For the week of February 26-March 2, Purim festivities meant costumes, food and community service for The Weber School.

About three weeks before Purim, Weber’s Student Council began to work on preparations. Student Council (StuCo) advisor Michelle Geppert explained that they “try to come up with things that haven’t been done before.” StuCo discussed dozens of ideas for the spirit week’s dress up days, and finally came to the decision of:

‘Merica Monday

Jojo Rinzler came to school decked out in American spirit. (Sydney Glazman/The Weber School)

Zoo Day Tuesday

Eli Weiner and Sydney Glazman looked magical in matching unicorn onesies. (Sara Altmann/The Weber School)

Meme Day Wednesday

Jolie Seir and Julie Dichtenberg gave everyone a laugh in these creative costumes of Doge and Kermit memes. (Daniel Stearns/The Weber School)

Choice Day Thursday

Talia Neufeld, Halle Kwatnez, Paulina Lebowitz, Anna Wohlberg and Maya Granath dressed as yoga instructors. (Harris Jacobs/The Weber School)

“The goal of Student Council [is] to make sure that we achieved the four mitzvot of Purim,” Mrs. Geppert added. These mitzvot are reading the Megillah, sending Mishloach Manot (gift baskets), eating Seudat Purim (the Purim meal) and giving Matanot La’evyonim (gifts to the poor).

Throughout the week, students were asked to bring in boxes of pasta. These boxes were used as graggers during Thursday’s Megillah reading and will soon be donated to the North Fulton Community Charities Food Bank (NFCC).

This year, the junior class prepared the annual Purim spiel. The video was a spoof on E!’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians. The eleven-minute video had its debut during Friday’s Kehillah and everyone in attendance was laughing throughout the presentation. If you missed the showing on Friday or would like to watch the spiel again, the video can be found blow.

Rabbi Bernstein, a former Weber parent, was brought in to read the Megillah during Thursday’s Kehillah block. He has come for the past few years and is known for his energetic and funny reading.

The Weber Parents Group gave out bags of hamantaschen to everybody at Weber on Thursday. Additionally, all of the students and staff were offered a free lunch sponsored by Student Council and catered by Added Touch. The lunch included falafel, hummus, Israeli salad, hamantaschen and fruit.

Purim Puff has been a beloved tradition for Weber students. After two years without the event, they were begging for its return. Much to their excitement, the administration agreed to bring back this adored event in 2018 as an after school function. Student Council designed the Purim Puff shirts, and Rabbi Harwitz generously offered to pay for them. Purim Puff was scheduled for Spirit Week’s Friday afternoon, but gloomy weather and a muddy field called for a raincheck. It has been rescheduled for April 13. It will be a great way to keep the Purim spirits soaring even after spring break.

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