MORAH JACKSONJudaic Specialist


March 3, 2017
Adar, the last month of the Hebrew calendar, is a time to celebrate Jewish leadership in the face of adversity, and joy in the face of darkness. We celebrate women in leadership as we recount the story of Esther – and celebrate how her courage and wisdom miraculously saved the Jewish people. The children in ECE have been having fun celebrating this most festive of Jewish holidays, Purim. The children have been making costumes, groggers (noise makers), playing dress up, and hearing the story of Purim about great courage and heroism. We hope you enjoyed the Purim shows and parades this Thursday and Friday!

The 4 Mitzvot of Purim

1) LISTEN TO THE MEGILLAH We hear the whole Megillah. The Megillah,  (The Book of Esther), is the scroll that tells the Purim story. We listen to the public reading twice: once on Purim night, and again on Purim day. 2) GIVE TO THE NEEDY (MATANOT LA'EVYONIM) One of Purim’s primary themes is Jewish unity. On Purim day, we place special emphasis on caring for the less fortunate. 3) SEND FOOD GIFTS TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS (MISHLOACH MANOT) On Purim we emphasize the importance of friendship and community by sending gifts of food to friends. 4) HAVE A FESTIVE MEAL During Purim day, March 12, gather your family, maybe invite a guest or two, and celebrate with a festive Purim meal. Traditionally, this meal begins before sundown and lasts well into the evening. Purim in Israel is embraced by the whole country, from religious Jews in Jerusalem to secular Jews in Tel Aviv. It is a time of festivity and celebrated far beyond its original religious roots. Purim parties take place across Israel, with Purim street parties with carnival atmospheres taking place in almost every city, town and village in the country. Purim is also a holiday that emphasizes the community and gift giving, not only to your friends and family but to the needy as well. With so much going on, and so much color in the amazing costumes that can be seen, Purim in Israel is a fascinating time to be in the country. Tzedakah donations collected during the months of February & March will go to Alex's Lemonade Stand. Our Lemonade Stand will be up at the Purim Carnival, Sunday March 12, 12pm-3pm. During the week of March 13 the lemonade stand will be in the promenade. We look forward to the children selling lemonade and raising money for cancer awareness.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Curing childhood cancer, one cup at a time
Our mission is to raise money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily for research into new treatments and cures, and to encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer.