Beit Issie Shapiro Makes Jewish Holiday Fun Accessible to All

Did you know that your donations to Federation’s Annual Campaign help to ensure that Jewish children of all abilities can joyfully and inclusively celebrate Jewish holidays? This Purim, Maddie Appel, the grants and philanthropy manager at our Israeli partner Beit Issie Shapiro, shared an exciting initiative launched just in time for Purim celebrations.   

Beit Issie Shapiro created a series of DIY costume tutorials to ensure that children with disabilities could partake in the Purim costume magic. This exciting project, created in partnership with industrial design students from The Holon Institute of Technology, allowed parents of children who use wheelchairs and walkers to fulfill their children’s Purim fantasies by creating unique costumes involving their mobility aids. 

This Do-It-Yourself series features four video tutorials of costumes – specially made for wheelchairs and walkers – along with written instructions and design patterns that easily and affordably allow parents to create these costumes for their own children.  

Beit Issie Shapiro’s DIY inclusive costume initiative has allowed us to scale our reach, helping families of children with disabilities – both in Israel and around the world – participate in holiday joy.  

Click here to view all of Beit Issie Shapiro’s costume tutorials. To read an article about the project in the Jewish newspaper The Algemeiner, click here 


Image courtesy of Beit Issie Shapiro