Bereaved Israeli Families Celebrate Life at Purim Party

Avital Politi, 4, dressed as a princess from Venice, looks out from her mask during the Jewish festival of Purim March 15,2006 in Jerusalem, Israel. Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has committed himself to pull out of most of the West Bank should his Kadima party win the upcoming March …
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Ynetnews reports: Dozens of bereaved families across the country attended a Purim costume party in Jerusalem held by the OneFamily organization on Wednesday.

Among the families who arrived at the festivities was Renana Meir, the daughter of Dafna Meir who was murdered in her home by a Palestinian about a year ago. “It’s very hard, but I’m also engaged, so there is something to celebrate,” Said Meir. “Coping is daily and difficult, I’m not going to lie.”

Meir then praised OneFamily, saying that the event is an “amazing place, it gives me hope and lets another smile enter my day. Outside of here we sometimes feel abnormal, but when we come here we can all be ourselves, laugh about silly memories and cry about the touching ones. Everyone here has dealt with the same thing, so its gives happiness a sense of normalcy.”

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