Purim, or the Feast of Lots, is a joyous holiday that recounts the saving of the Jews from a threatened massacre during the Persian period (539-330 BCE). The story of Purim is recounted in the Book of Esther, whose eponymous heroine plays the leading role in saving her people. The holiday is traditionally celebrated with wild abandon and with the giving of gifts to friends and the poor.
While the origins of Purim appear clear from the Book of Esther, historians have looked in vain for any sort of extra-biblical corroboration of the events of the story. Be that as it may, it is a tale that purports to take place during the Persian period.
A young Jewish woman, Esther, rises to be Queen of Persia under the tutelage of her guardian Mordecai. All, however, is not right. The Jews have enemies, and a certain Haman, the grand vizier, plots the Jews' destruction. Even though Esther has hidden her Jewish identity from all, Mordecai prevails on her to risk her life by revealing her true identity to the king. She does this and denounces the evil Haman's plot.
At the end of the story, the Jews are able to turn the tables on their enemies, who are then punished in place of the intended victims. This story is one of the most beloved in the Jewish community, because of the hope that it gives a minority living in an oftentimes hostile majority culture.
Our TBE Purim carnival is so unique and meaningful because it is planned and led by our 6th and 7th grade students, and because all of the proceeds from the carnival are donated to our partner Ma’asim Tovim organizations.
Community members are invited to bring donations and earn five Purim Carnival tickets. Donations include matzah to support Family Table or a grocery store gift card to support Yad Chessed. Gift cards should be for large grocery stores (Shaws, Market Basket, Stop and Shop) and should be in standard amounts ($10, $25, $50, etc).