2710 Genesee St.
Utica, New York 13502
Phone: (315) 724-4751

A Conservative Jewish Congregation
Established for the Worship of God, the Study of Torah,
and the Practice of Righteous Deeds


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Executive Director’s Message


Dear Friends,

Let's go back in time and review some interesting facts about Purim.

Purim, the feast of Esther, is a holiday designed for and around a woman. Esther is the heroine, it is a story of loyalty, faith and courage. This story assures us that despite oppression and anti-Semitism, the prevailing tyrant, Haman will ultimately be over thrown.

Purim is not primarily a religious holiday, in Esther; (one of the Books of the Bible) there is no reference to God in the Megillah. It does mention prayer and fasting, which led the Rabbi's to explain that the religious implication was there all the time. Purim is always on the 14th of Adar. Pious Jews fast on the day before Purim in honor of Esther.

The reading of the Megillah on Purim Eve is a gay occasion, it is a family observance when noise making is allowed, and groggers do the honor very well,

The name Purim means lots, derived from the fact that Haman cast lots to discover the best day for his plan to destroy the Jews.

Adelayada is the term to indicate the gay quality of this holiday, the one time in the year a Jew can get so "high" he literally "does not know" the difference between cursed Haman‖ or ―blessed Mordecai‖.

Hamantaschen's, triangle shaped cakes filled with poppy seeds, chocolate or fruit are the delicacy of the day.

Esther's Hebrew name is "Hadassah." The Women's National Zionist Organization of America, Hadassah, came into existence on Purim, was named for her.

Purim never falls on the Sabbath.

Now we are reminded of the asides of Purim, join Temple Beth El and Temple Emanu-El in the reading of the Megillah in either Sanctuary, Thursday March 1st at 7 P.M.

Happy Purim

P.S. When I looked at the calendar I was made aware that Purim is the first two days of March, and the first Seder and first day of Passover are the last 2 days of March. Busy month – good observances.