During this difficult time, the girls at the Bais Yaakov Academy of Queens were thinking of others and reaching out to them. Under the guidance of their teacher, Mrs. Shira Silber, the fifth graders decorated R’fuah Sh’leimah cards and posters conveying their good wishes and meaningful thoughts to those quarantined. The girls discussed how all Jews are one big family and care for each other.

The images of these cards and posters were shared with those in quarantine in New Rochelle. Their cards were also distributed along with meals by Eden Wok, a Chinese restaurant in New Rochelle. The recipients of the cards were so grateful that they were remembered during this difficult and lonely Purim.

Below are some letters of appreciation received by some thankful recipients. Bais Yaakov of Queens is so proud of our thoughtful and caring students! May everyone stay well!


I am one of the many Young Israel of New Rochelle congregants in quarantine who received the most wonderful greetings and well-wishes from your students on Purim. Thank you so much for thinking of us here. It is truly a blessing to know that Kol Yisrael areivim zeh ba’zeh and that your students and their teachers exemplify this precept.

Wishing you peace and good health,


I wanted to express my gratitude to your students.

As a member of the Young Israel of New Rochelle, I have been quarantined in my home for over a week. I was feeling very sad that my Purim celebration was so changed.

We could not go to shul to hear the Megillah, could not exchange mishloach manos, and our wonderful s’udah was cancelled. Imagine my surprise when a delivery came from our local restaurant, Eden Wok, and inside was a beautiful, hand-drawn Purim card signed by a Bais Yaakov student. What an important mitzvah was done by your students as they brought my husband and me simchas Purim on a difficult day.

Thank you and tizku l’mitzvos!