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Let's Celebrate Purim!


Recipes & Reminiscing: Purim, Hamantaschen, and Mishloach Manot

Sunday, March 6, 2022
If you missed our class, you can still view the recording of how to make hamentashen. This dairy-free recipe requires no chilling or rest time before rolling, so you will be able to have finished cookies in a couple of hours from start to finish! 


Queen Esther’s Comedy Night With Comedian Dave Goldstein

Thursday, March 10, 2022
We hope you enjoyed our pre-Purim, PG-rated, pitch-perfect night of comedy on Zoom! Comedian Dave Goldstein has been praised by the New York Post, the Asbury Park Press, and audiences everywhere. He co-wrote a Purim play featuring the legendary Tovah Feldshuh for Temple Emanu-El in New York city. Dave's comedy special, "isn't it Obvious," was just released to rave reviews on the Dry Bar Comedy app, and he has performed numerous times for our troops and veterans, including as the headlining comic on a tour of U.S. Army posts in Europe. 


Purim Services

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Tot Purim
5:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
In person at our temple, for members only; no registration required.


Haman's Watering Hole (and Esther's Juiceria) & Nosh
6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
In person at our temple, for members only; no registration required. Join us for a light nosh--prepackaged hamentaschen and other snacks--as Brotherhood serves refreshments at the bar.

Purim Shpiel, Service, and Megillah Reading
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. In our sanctuary, for members only; no registration required. Livestream available to all.



Prepare for Purim musically! Sing some favorite Purim songs and watch musical videos using these online resources developed by Cantor Abby Gostein.



What is Purim?

Purim is celebrated with a public reading-usually in the synagogue-of the Book of Esther (Megillah Esther), which tells the story of the holiday. Under the rule of King Ahashverosh, Haman, the king's prime minister, plots to exterminate all of the Jews of Persia. His plan is foiled by Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai, who ultimately save the Jews of Persia from destruction. The reading of the megillah typically is a rowdy affair, punctuated by booing and noise-making when Haman's name is read aloud.

Purim is an unusual holiday in many respects. First, Esther is the only biblical book in which God is not mentioned. Second, Purim, like Chanukah, traditionally is viewed as a minor festival, but elevated to a major holiday as a result of the Jewish historical experience. Over the centuries, Haman became the embodiment of every anti-Semite in every land where Jews were oppressed. The significance of Purim lies not so much in how it began, but in what it has become: a thankful and joyous affirmation of Jewish survival against all odds.

There are many fun traditions surrounding Purim, and there are also four commandments, or mitzvot – the plural of mitzvah – to fulfill. All of the mitzvot associated with Purim are related to taking care of one another: reading the Megillah (the story of Purim), sending gifts to friends (mishloach manot), eating a special meal, and giving to those experiencing poverty.

Mon, January 30 2023 8 Sh'vat 5783