Hanukkah Chabad retreat hosts widowed spouses and their kids
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Hanukkah Chabad retreat hosts widowed spouses and their kids

A two-night stay in Jerusalem offers support and treats for parents and children

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion is joined by some of the participants at the annual Colel Chabad Chanuka Retreat on Hanukkah 2019 (Courtesy  Shneur Shif)
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion is joined by some of the participants at the annual Colel Chabad Chanuka Retreat on Hanukkah 2019 (Courtesy Shneur Shif)

A group of 80 families, made up of widowed women and their combined total of 300 children, gathered at the Ramada Hotel in Jerusalem for two nights over Hanukkah, sponsored by Colel Chabad.

The retreats have been happening annually since 2004, and include trips to the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo and Deer-Land park, parties and entertainment, and free babysitting so that mothers can attend sessions and activities designed for them.

The families come from a variety of backgrounds, religious and secular, and are invited to the retreat, which is also supported by the Finger Family Foundation and Meromim Foundation.

A second retreat later in the week will include additional families who have lost a spouse to a terror incident, accident or illness.

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