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, but this year we are planning to do something a little bit different.  In lieu of the traditional goodie baskets, the Ritual Committee would like all of the tzedakah provided by our community to be split between Temple Emmanuel and the Wakefield Food Pantry.  This would truly be a Purim mitzvah.  Below you will see the levels of contributions and how to make one.
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!!!).

New this year Rabbi Greg and Jane Maine from InterfaithFamily/Boston will be hosting a kid-focused Purim Party on Sunday Morning March 17 from 10:30 to 12:00 noon. Enjoy crafts, games, stories and of course hamantaschen and a kid-friendly megillah reading.

The Temple Emmanuel Family Megillah reading will be Wednesday, March 20, beginning at 7:00 PM. We encourage all members and their families to join in on the fun, laughter and spirit of the service. Come in costumes!

Please add your name to the Mishloach Manot order form, check off the contribution level you wish to choose, and send your check along with the form to the address listed at the bottom.  Please mark the outside of the envelope “Mishloach Manot” so we can process your donation immediately, or you can make a donation online at https://donorbox.org/mishloach-manot-2019


  • “Mishloach Well-Wisher”:       $  18.00 donation
  • “Mishloach Mench”:                $  36.00 donation
  • “Mishloach SuperMench”:       $  72.00 donation
  • “Mishloach Mega-Mench”:      $ 108.00 donation (or more!)

You can download, print and mail the form here:

Mishloach Manot 2019 (5779)

Or you can just use the online form with a credit card!

 Please mail your check (payable to Temple Emmanuel) to:
Mishloach Manot
Temple Emmanuel
120 Chestnut Street
Wakefield, MA 01880