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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.

See below how we observed and celebrated Purim in 2021. Check back for opportunities to celebrate Purim with Temple Beth Shalom in 2022!



1. Reading the Megillah, the Story of Purim.

Recorded Feb. 26

To watch The Story of Purim find the recording in your member portal 






2. Mishloach Manot: Sending Gifts to Friends

To fulfill this mitzvah,  K-7th graders and their families joined with teachers on Zoom to bake hamantaschen. From 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m., families engaged in a short lesson about MIshloach Manot and then learned to bake hamantaschen. Once the hamantaschen were baked, we encouraged families to drop off their goodies at a friend’s house to enjoy during Purim.

Another hamantaschen baking opportunity for everyone: Our Recipes & Reminiscing class baked hamantaschen with others online! See details below.


3. Eating a Special Meal

For this mitzvah, we partnered 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 in 2021, we asked members to donate directly to JFS if able. Donations went directly to those in need this time of year.


Additional Events:



Megillat Esther: The Whole Story of the Megillah

Rabbi Steinman led us as we broke bread together online and considered the entirety of Megillat Esther, the scroll of Esther. 





Recipes & Reminiscing: Purim, Hamantaschen, and Mishloach Manot

Together we schmoozed, shared stories, and baked hamantaschen. 



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.

Thu, January 27 2022 25 Sh'vat 5782