Purim this year is March 20-21


Sunday March 10—3rd Adar II
Purim Packing.  Volunteers needed to pack Purim packages for the elderly

Wednesday,  March 20—13 Adar
 Fast of Esther
Fast begins 5:38 am
Shacharis 7:00 am
Mincha 6:45  pm
Fast Ends 7:40 pm

Purim Eve
Maariv  7:40 pm
Megillah reading 7:50 pm (with video)*

Thursday, March 21 -Purim Day—14 Adar
Shacharis 6:30 am
Megillah reading 7:15 am*
Second Megillah Reading  10:00 am
Mincha 5:00 pm
Megillah Reading 5:15 pm

Community Purim Dinner  6 pm
Maariv Whenever

Throughout the day our staff and volunteers will be visiting convalescent homes and hospitals.  To volunteer and help us out please contact us.
(*There will be additional Megillah readings please call 310-453-3011 or text 424-666-1818)


Listen to the Megillah
On Wednesday night March 20 and again on Thursday March 1 we listen to the story of Purim.  This story is called Megillas Esther (Scroll of Esther).  It is important to hear each word that is read.  When Haman’s name is mentioned we use ‘graggers’ (noisemakers) to drown out his evil name.

Send gifts of food
on Purim day Thursday, March 21. On this victorious day for the Jewish people, we emphasize our unity by sending Shalach Manos to each other.  One must send at least two types of ready-to-eat kosher foods to at least one person.  It is also customary to send it through a third party.

Give gifts to the needy  on Purim day it is a special Mitzvah to give charity to those in need. 
Remember to give charity to at least two people.  It is preferable to give it directly to the persons in need.  If you can not find poor people you can place it in a charity box to be distributed at a later date.  Or you can send the donation to Chabad (using our return envelope)  clearly marking it for Matanos Levyonim and we will distribute it on Purim.


Eat the festive meal on Purim day.  It is time for family and friends to rejoice.  This year the festive meal of Purim should be eaten Thursday  March 21 The meal should begin before sunset.  You can join Chabad’s Purim meal “Purim Around Town” at 6 pm.

Other mitzvahs on Purim
The Fast of Esther. To remember the fast that Queen Esther proclaimed for all Jews, to be saved from Haman’s evil plan, we fast every year prior to Purim.  This year, the Fast of Esther coincides with March 20.  For times see schedule.

Machatzis Hashekel. It is a custom to give a half dollar coin to charity at Mincha on the Fast of Esther (some have the custom to give it before the Megillah reading).  This is done to commemorate the half shekel that was given by the Jews in the times of the Holy Temple.  Some have the custom to give three half dollar coins to charity (a total of $1.50).

Special Prayers.  On Purim we add ’Al Hanissim’  to the Amidah prayer, and to the Grace after Meals.


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