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A Magical Purim at Adath Israel

From Megillah readings to magic shows, we'll have food and fun for the whole family! Check out everything you need to know about Purim 2019 at Adath Israel!

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Adath Israel Purim Schedule

Wednesday, March 20th, 6:01am - 7:51pm
Fast of Esther

Wednesday, March 20th, 7:30pm
Purim Eve

Ma'ariv/Megillah Reading followed by Ham-N-Taschen Break-fast Party

Thursday, March 21st
6:50am Shacharit
7:30am Megillah Reading I
5:45pm Megillah Reading II
6:30pm Mincha
6:45pm Magical Purim Seuda, served with a helping of Table Magic and followed by a Magnificent Magic Show


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Purim Particulars 2019




Shabbat Zachor

Fulfilling the mitzvah of remembering & never forgetting the danger of Amalek, even today

According to most authorities, it is a mitzvah d’oraita (directly from the Torah) to hear Parashat Zachor, which describes Amalek’s attack on B’nai Yisrael after they left Egypt. We read this section from the Torah on the Shabbat that precedes Purim, since Haman was a descendant of Amalek, whose ideology is the antitheses of Judaism.


March 16th

10:30 a.m.

Ta’anit Esther

Dawn to dusk fast

Prior to appearing uninvited before the King, Esther and all of Shushan’s Jews fasted for three days. Additionally, the Jews fasted on the day that they battled their enemies. By fasting, we de-emphasize our physical needs and focus on our ability to control our own behavior.


March 20th


Machatzit Hashekel

Donating three half dollars

When the Beit Hamikdash (Temple) stood, a month before Pesach, every Jewish male over twenty would contribute a half-shekel as dues for the coming Temple year, which began in Nissan. To commemorate this, we donate three half dollars to the shul for each family member.


March 20th

All day

Megillat Esther

Reading/hearing the Story of Esther

In order to celebrate Jewish unity and our shared history, it is customary for both men and women to come together to read/hear the Megillah from a hand written scroll on Purim, both night and day.

Wed. - Thurs.

March 20th-21st

7:30pm, 7:30am, 5:45pm

Al Hanissim

Special Purim prayer

In the evening, morning and afternoon services, as well as in the grace after meals, we insert an additional paragraph expressing our gratitude to the Almighty for the miraculous salvation of our ancestors on Purim.

Wed. - Thurs.

March 20th-21st

All day

Mishloah Manot

Sending gift baskets

After their victory over Haman and his supporters, the Jews sent food to each other in order to nurture friendship and a sense of community. Similarly, we send two types of ready-to-eat food to at least one friend.


March 21st

All day

Matanot L’evyonim

Gifts to the poor

In celebration of their victory over Haman, the Jews provided financial assistance to the poor. Similarly, we give tzedaka to at least two needy people. These funds should be in addition to one’s yearly tzedaka allocation.

Wed. - Thurs.

March 20th-21st

All day

Seudat Purim

Festive Purim meal

Since the salvation of Purim was of a physical nature, in that the Jews were saved from annihilation, it is customary to eat a festive meal with family and friends providing enjoyment to our physical senses.

Wed. - Thurs.

March 20th-21st

All day

Ad D’lo Yada

Having a l’chaim…or two

One of the major components of the salvation on Purim involves drinking. Therefore, one is encouraged to imbibe a little more than usual.

Wed. - Thurs.

March 20th-21st

All day

Shushan Purim

Purim in Walled Cities

The Jews of Shushan were granted an extra day to fight off their enemies, so they celebrated their victory on the day after everyone else. Therefore, all walled cites from that time observe Purim a day later.


March 22nd

All day