Purim 2019 will begin in the evening of Wednesday, March 20, and ends in the evening of Thursday, March 21
Purim is celebrated with a public reading—usually in the synagogue—of the Book of Esther (M’gillat 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. Purim, which derives its name from the word “Pur,” meaning lot, recalls the lots that Haman cast to determine the most favorable month and day for the execution of the Jews of Persia. This diabolical scheme was foiled by the intervention of the Persian queen, Esther, and her uncle, Mordecai, who were both Jewish and who ultimately save the Jews of Persia from destruction. The reading of the m’gillah 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 Hanukkah, 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.
- Friday, April 19 – Close at 5 pm
- Saturday, April 20 – Closed
- Thursday, April 25 – Close at 5 pm
- Friday, April 26 – Closed
Passover commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt and the birth of an independent and free people. It is also known as Chag HaMatzot (the feast of unleavened bread) in remembrance of the time when the children of Israel left Egypt so hurriedly there was no time for the dough to rise Model seders are held by the early childhood and older adult departments annually.
For information about Passover, Rabbi Symons provides the following:
Hosting a Passover Seder
Let All Who Are Hungry Come and Eat
What to Expect at a Passover Seder
Read our blogs about Passover:
The Secret to a Sweet Passover: Matzo Brittle
Grandma Cele’s Beet Preserves
2 for Seder
We are excited to partner with 2 for Seder, an annual event encouraging anyone holding a Seder to invite two friends or acquaintances who have never attended to join and participate. Opening your Seder to newcomers directly addresses biased attitudes and general ignorance – the seed of all anti-semitism. By opening up your home at Seder, you are starting a dialogue and creating a ripple-effect at the grass-roots level. Learn more about 2ForSeder: https://2forseder.org/
- Saturday, June 8 – Close at 5 pm
- Sunday, June 9 – Closed