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Megila Reading

To re-live the miraculous events of Purim, listen to the reading of the Megillah (the Scroll of Esther) and wsave your grogger at the mention of Hamens name. The reading will be on Purim eve by Temple president Paul Weichsel, Wednesday, March 7 at Sinai Temple.

Sinai Temple Purim Feast

Wednesday, March 7 at 5:30 PM
Sinai Temple South Pod
Come Hungry, Leave Stuffed!

Please join us for the Annual Erev Purim Sinai Temple Feast on Wednesday, March 7, 2012!   The main dish will be Diane's famous fish. Diane needs helpers to chop vegetables, set up tables, etc. Please e-mail Diane at or call 356-7688 if you will be able to help. More information about the event will be published in the coming weeks.

Purim at Hillel

Monday, March 4, 6:30 pm
Hamentaschen Baking at the ARC

Wednesday, March 7 (at the Cohen Center)
5:15 pm Service; 6:30 pm Megillah Reading
7:30 pm Carnival for Students

Purim at Chabbad

Wednesday, March 7, 9 pm
Student Purim Party @ Joe's Brewery

Thursday, March 8, 7 pm
Community Purim Event
Location TBA

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Purim this year is from sundown March 7th through sundown March 8th, 2012

Purim Carnival

Sunday, March 4th  11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Open to the community

March 4th Schedule
10:30 AM  Purim Skits by Dalet & Intermediate Sheni
11:00 AM  PICK UP KIDS in Sanctuary - Go to carnival
12:00 PM  Lunch Available at Sinai Cafe ($2.50/person) 
Ticket Sales
Tickets will be sold at both the West and South Doors as well as the corridor by Davis Chapel.
$.25/each or 5/$1.00

Carnival games will be in both the South & North classrooms.  Pie Eating, Plinko, Duck Pond, Balloon Darts, and more - games designed for ALL ages.
Bounce Houses will be in Davis Chapel
**New this year**  Inflated Sumo Wrestling Suits - grab a friend and wrestle! 

Food Esther Meal:  $2.50 Slice of Pizza, Juice Box, & Hamantaschen

Prizes All games will award prize tickets that will be redeemable in the prize room! 

Purim Gallery

Hundreds of people of all ages turned out for the Sinai Temple Purim Carnival. There was Hamentauchen cooking, games, costumes and bounce house fun. Visit the Purim photo gallery. more

The Story Of Purim

The Book of Esther recounts the story of Purim, telling of how the Jews of Persia were saved from destruction. During the time of King Ahasuerus, one of his ministers, Haman, sought to destroy the Jews in revenge for being snubbed by the Jew Mordecai, who refused to bow down to him. With the king's authority, he draws lots (purim) to determine the fateful day, which falls on the 13th of the month of Adar.

Learning of this decree, Mordecai approaches the new queen, his cousin Esther, to intercede with the king. Esther, who has not revealed her Judaism publicly, fasts for three days in preparation for this task. At a banquet for the king and Haman, she denounces the evil Haman, who is eventually hanged.

Because a royal decree cannot be rescinded -- including the decree ordering the extermination of the Jews -- Mordecai must send another decree to all the provinces. This letter authorizes the Jews to protect themselves from their enemies. The days following the Jews' struggle with their enemies (the 14th and 15th of Adar) are declared days of feasting and merrymaking, today celebrated as Purim. Full Purim article

Purim Songs

Purim songs by the Maccabeats and the Fountainheads to sing a long to and enjoy.

Celebrating Purim At Home

Purim, which celebrates the events described in the scroll of Esther (Megillat Esther), is a day of rejoicing and merriment on which even an unusually large amount of drinking is permitted. Jews act out their joy for having survived wicked Haman's attempts to destroy them.

Purim comes at just the right time of year. While we are still suffering from the cold and grey of winter, Purim provides an opportunity for sunny, bright rejoicing. In Esther 9:19 it states, "Therefore do the Jews of the villages, that dwell in the unwalled towns, make the 14th day of the month of Adar a day of gladness and feasting, and a good day, and of sending portions to one another." Full article

It's Purim..... Let's party!

By Rosanne Tolin

The story of Purim goes like this: Once upon a time, in the city of Shushan, the Queen of Persia (“Vashti”) refused to obey the order of the King of Persia, Ahasuerus, to appear before his guests. (He just wanted to show everyone how gorgeous she was – puh-lease!) The King was angry and decided to scour the country for a new queen. His search led him to Esther – who was being raised by her uncle, Mordechai – and he asked her to join his harem. Struck by her beauty, Ahasuerus chooses Esther to be his new queen.

But there’s one thing the King didn’t know. Esther was Jewish! Haman, the king’s evil advisor, despised the Jews and decided all of them should die. Haman hated Mordechai in particular, because Mordecai refused to bow down to him. Full article