The Story of Purim
Purim celebrates the bravery of Esther and Mordechai and the deliverance of the Jewish people from the cruelty of oppression.
In Persia, King Ahashverosh held a competition to choose a new queen. Mordechai, a Jewish man, encouraged his cousin Esther to compete. When Esther won, she followed Mordechai’s advice and did not reveal her Jewish identity to the king.
Meanwhile, the king's evil adviser, Haman, paraded through the streets demanding that all bow down to him. Because Jews bow only to God, Mordechai refused, and Haman decided to kill all the Jews in the Persian empire. He convinced Ahashverosh to support his plan and cast purim ("lots") to determine the day he would carry out his evil deed.
Mordechai alerted Esther to Haman's evil plot. Esther revealed her Jewish identity to the King, convincing him to save the Jews. Haman was hanged, Mordechai became the royal vizier, and the Jews of Persia celebrated their narrow escape.
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.
Purim Backwards Dinner
Community members and friends are invited to a dinner of ice cream and pizza prior to our community wide Purim celebration!
Date: Wednesday, March 20, 6:00 pm
TBE is committed to making this dinner accessible to all and we will do our best to support you so the cost isn’t a barrier to enjoying the evening. For a confidential conversation, please contact Rabbi Saphire, [email protected].
Megillah Reading & Shpiel
Members and friends of all ages are invited to join us for a Megillah reading and the story of Purim.
Date: Wednesday, March 20, 6:30 pm
Yaldeinu Purim Assembly
Join other families with young children and the TBE clergy as we celebrate Purim with songs and a costume parade. Yaldeinu families are invited to a special, family friendly Purim carnival experience before we open the doors to the general public. See below for more information about the carnival.
All are invited to join this community-wide party full of games, prizes, food and fun for the entire family! Costumes welcome!
Our Purim Carnival is completely planned and run by our 6th & 7th grade students as part of their Ma'asim Tovim ("Good Acts") projects. Each Purim, our students plan games and activities inspired by the work they're doing to raise awareness and money for our partner organizations - every dollar you spend goes to support an organization like Framingham Head Start, Hebrew Senior Life, Family Promise and more!
In addition to our work with our partner organizations, we collect supermarket gift cards for Yad Chessed to support individuals and families in our community by alleviating economic distress and helping them reach financial stability. Community members are invited to bring gift cards in standard amounts ($10, $25, $50, etc) and should be for the following grocery stores: Shaws, Market Basket, Stop & Shop, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. Bring a gift card and receive 5 free tickets for the carnival!
Date: Sunday, March 24, 1:15 pm
Purim Tikkun Olam Opportunity
We are collecting supermarket gift cards for Yad Chessed to support individuals and families in our community by alleviating economic distress and helping them reach financial stability. Community members are invited to bring gift cards in standard amounts ($10, $25, $50, etc) and should be for the following grocery stores: Shaws, Market Basket, Stop & Shop, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods.
Donations may be dropped in the Tzedakah Box in the atrium.
Date: Now thru Sunday, March 24