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Let's Celebrate Purim!


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. Learn below of our opportunities to fulfill all of them:



1. Reading the Megillah, the Story of Purim.

Thursday, Feb. 25, 6:15 p.m., on Zoom

For our Zoom spiel and service, we will travel to the mystical land of Shushan…without ever having to leave our homes. Celebrate with our temple community with “The Pandemic in Persia” spiel and raucous megillah reading. Come see your temple education staff, clergy, and temple president reenact the story of Purim, complete with humorous jokes and costumes!  Please arrive in costume yourself, as we will begin our evening with an all-ages costume parade.  (Check out some easy costume ideas for the family.)


2. Misloach Manot: Sending Gifts to Friends

To fulfill this mitzvah,  K-7th graders and their families will join with teachers on Zoom to bake hamantaschen. From 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m., families are invited to sign on to engage in a short lesson about MIsloach Manot and then learn to bake hamantaschen. Once the hamantaschen are baked, we encourage families to drop off their goodies at a friend’s house to enjoy during Purim.


3. Eating a Special Meal

For this mitzvah, we are partnering with our Temple Meal Train, as well as JFS, to provide meals to families in need. Our Temple Meal Train is in need of volunteers, either to cook a meal, or purchase a gift certificate for a meal. Now more than ever, your time or donation will help support a family in need of a weeknight meal.


4. Giving Directly to Those Experiencing Poverty

We give to ensure that everyone has the means to celebrate during the holiday, and to honor Esther and Mordechai’s legacy of saving the Jewish people. Traditionally, we have collected canned goods to donate to JFS, which in turn provides food for the community. To maintain safety and social distancing, we are asking to donate directly to JFS if you are able. Your donation will go directly to those in need this time of year.


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.


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




Darth Vadar (Rabbi Freedman) and Yoda (Cantor Gostein) at our 2018 Purim Celebration.

Sun, January 24 2021 11 Sh'vat 5781