The joyful holiday of Purim will soon be upon us.  Purim provides a golden opportunity to both awaken and engage our entire community.  Since 2000, Temple Emmanuel has combined a central Purim mitzvah of Mishloach Manot, the exchange of gifts and tzedakah, with a fun and successful fundraising drive. Our current tradition is to do something a little bit different. In lieu of traditional goodie baskets, all of the tzedakah provided by our community is split between the synagogue and the Wakefield Food Pantry. We will provide mishloach manot, “the sending of portions” from our community to those in need in the Wakefield community. It is truly a Purim mitzvah. You can use the online form to participate with a credit card!

The joyous holiday of Purim has several associated mitzvoth.  First, of course, we are obliged to hear the Megillah of Esther read twice: on Erev Purim and on the actual day itself.  And we are meant to partake in a seudah – a Purim festive meal.  The story we celebrate is that of the victory of the Jews over the wicked Haman in Shushan, Persia.  Aided by the courageous Queen Esther and guided by her cousin, Mordechai, the Jews escape mass murder and turn the tables on the enemy.  And so on Purim WE turn the tables, too.  We dress up as we are not (i.e., in costumes!!!)

This year, the Temple Emmanuel Family Megillah reading will be conducted both in-person and on Zoom on Wednesday, March 16th, beginning at 7:00 PM. Arrangements will be made to acquire Megillot books and graggers for pick up for those not attending in person. We encourage all members and their families to join in on the fun, laughter and spirit of the service.