Having just exited a year-long coronavirus lockdown, Shluchim to Panama City Rabbi Shlomo Nissim Poliwoda and Esther Kamhaji (Poliwoda) arranged for a Mitzvah Tank to bring shalach manos, joyful music, and yomtov meals to the city’s Jews.
Having just exited a year-long coronavirus lockdown and with their country still under severe restrictions, the Jewish community of Panama had very low expectations for a joyful Purim celebration, especially for their young children stuck at home.
Shluchim to Panama City Rabbi Shlomo Nissim Poliwoda and Esther Kamhaji (Poliwoda) weren’t going to allow this year to be an exception. After much brainstorming, the shluchim developed a full plan in order to help people perform the Mitzvos, as well as lifting their spirits.
With the invaluable help of the bochurim Ber Chaim Arcusin and Mendy Lapidus, a Mitzvah tank drove around the city, from building to building, bringing families shalach manos, joyful music, and giving meals to elderly people to help them perform the mitzva of seudas yomtov, as well as reading the megillah for those unable to attend Shul.
“Boruch Hashem, it was a great success and the community really appreciated all of the effort,” the Shluchim said.