14 Adar II 5774 / March 16, 2014
(celebrated at Shaaray Tefila on Erev Purim, Saturday, March 15 and Purim, Sunday, March 16)
Erev Purim - Saturday, March 15
5:15 pm Tot Purim Service
5:45 pm Tot Purim Carnival
6:00 pm Lay-led Adult Reading of Megilat Esther (wine and cheese at 5:30 pm)
7:30 pm Congregational Havdalah, Singing and Rock of Purim
9:00 pm JeTSeT Karaoke Purim Bash at Iggy’s Karaoke Lounge and Grill
1452 2nd Avenue, between 75th & 76th
Purim - Sunday, February 24
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Youth Purim Carnival (For families and children ages 5 and up)
1:00 pm Encore presentation of Rock of Purim
Purim is celebrated by the reading of the Scroll of Esther, known in Hebrew as the Megilat Esther, which relates the basic story of Purim. Under the rule of King Ahashuerus, Haman, the King's prime minister, plots to exterminate all of the Jews of Persia. His plan is foiled by Queen Esther and her uncle Mordechai, who ultimately save the Jews of the land from destruction. The reading of the megilah is typically 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 Book of the Bible in which God is not mentioned. Second, Purim, like Chanukah, is viewed traditionally 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.
From the website of the Union for Reform Judaism.
Do a Purim Mitzvah!
Ideas from Shaaray Tefila's Social Action Committee:
Our Erev Purim 5771 / 2011 Lay-led Megillah Reading and Purim Spiel!
The Hearthstone (a lovely facility with very nice staff for seniors w/cognitive impairment) would love to have families with children visit in their Purim costumes sometime during Purim weekend. The senior residence is on West End Avenue & 73rd St.
Please contact Marlene Nadel at MNADEL4@aol.com for more information and to schedule a visit.
Don't know what to do with your costume once Purim is over, please donate it to the temple's costume drive from March 17-23. Look for the bin labeled costume drive in the lobby. The costumes will be given to less fortunate children in the community, including children living in shelters. The donated costumes will be given to Harlem Halloween and will be distributed to needy children during the 2014 Halloween season.
Please note that Harlem Halloween is not a 501(c)3 organization and therefore your donation(s) is not tax deductible.
For more information, please contact Rebecca Berrebi at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We will be collecting voluntary donations for our Soup Kitchen efforts throughout Purim.
Photos courtesy of Bob Wine