TAMPA — Hillel Academy is hosting a carnival Friday, but it isn’t intended to be a fundraiser.
According to new director of marketing Jody Sherman, the correct term is “fun-raiser.”
The carnival on the back of the Hillel campus, 2020 W. Fletcher Ave., Tampa, runs from 8:45 a.m. to noon and is intended to be part of the celebration of Purim, the Jewish holiday that commemorates the story of the deliverance of the Jews from the ancient Persian Empire. The Book of Esther will be read publicly from a scroll called the Megillah and enough noise is made to blot out mention of the name Haman, who, according to the reading, had selected that day long ago as the day for the extermination of the Jews.
In more modern times, Purim is celebrated with a carnival.
Wasser said it makes no money at all, but it pays off in other ways. It is a learning experience for the middle school students who are not allowed to participate in any of the carnival activities until the carnival is over. Wasser said it helps the older students learn leadership skills, since they make every event arrangement. It also teaches patience.
“It’s a big thing for the middle school kids to learn these lessons and the importance of working with the young kids,” Wasser said. “It’s also nice for the younger kids to interact with the older kids. The younger kids get to meet the older kids and feel like they are all part of the campus.”
Only after setting up, managing and taking down the carnival can the students hop aboard the inflatables, make spin art, play the bean bag toss and nosh on carnival food.