Happy Purim!

We hope you will join us for one or more of our wonderful Purim happenings!

The celebration of Purim completes an entire year of Jewish holidays that we have celebrated together primarily online.  It feels particularly poignant to be marking this moment of Jewish thriving amid the COVID19 pandemic.

Purim is a holiday marked by merriment, giving to others, costumes and fun; all of which are elevated by the festive feel of being in community. While we know we cannot be physically together this year, we hope that our ability to celebrate at our drive-through carnival and via Zoom brings joy and fulfillment.

Let’s celebrate together the holiday of Purim at this moment in time as we mark Vashti’s boldness, Esther’s bravery, Mordechai’s defiance, Achashverosh’s leadership, and Haman’s failure.

We look forward to seeing you!
-Clergy, leadership, and staff of Neveh Shalom



Drive-Thru Purim Carnival/Goodie Bag Pick-Up

Sunday, February 21, 10am-12pm (In-person)

The community is invited to don a costume, and head over to Neveh Shalom for our Drive-Thru carnival. Pick up a bag of goodies, and have a quick visit with clergy, teachers, and friends.

Young Family Purim Fun (Ages 0-6)

Thursday, February 25, 6:00pm (Zoom)

Young families, join Rabbi Eve and Morah Leah for some special Purim joy.

All Community Ma’ariv Service, Megillah Reading, and Purim Spiel: Behind the Scenes with Wonder Woman Esther

Thursday, February 25, 6:30pm (Zoom)

Join together as a community as we celebrate Purim together with our evening service, reading the story in Hebrew from the traditional scroll, and entertaining with songs and play. This year’s Purim Spiel is an imaginative “Behind the Scenes” look at our very own Wonder Woman, Queen Esther. A few of our Neveh Shalom teens conduct a fun and creative interview with Queen Esther (Gal Gadot) and King Achashverosh (Jason Momoa). Costumes welcomed, and treats encouraged! Don’t miss it!
hands and reading from the megillah

Purim Morning Minyan with Megillah Reading

Friday, February 26, 7:00am (Zoom)

Join Morning Minyan for our Purim service with Megillah reading.

Here is the login: https://zoom.us/j/774655517
Password: Neveh

Use the book: Siddur Sim Shalom Shacharit Weekdays
Click here for the list of pages used in the service

The 4 Mitzvot of Purim

Megillah: On Purim, the Megillah is read aloud in synagogues all over the world – and this is one time when no one is discouraged from making noise during the service! In fact, listeners shake their groggers (Yiddish for “noisemakers”) every time they hear the name of the villain of the story, Haman. This tradition is passed down L’dor v’dor, from generation to generation, as a means of remembering the lessons learned from persecution and celebrating the fact that our Kehillah, our community, has continued to thrive through today.  You can find different English interpretations of the megillah online and be sure to join our community for the reading on Purim!

Mishlo’ach Manot: The second mitzvah is sending gifts, or mishlo’ach manot which is Hebrew for “sending food,” usually in the form of Purim gift baskets. Gifts of food to friends and colleagues ensure that everyone has the means to be happy, further foiling the evil plans of Haman. Sending gifts to our friends is a beautiful way to celebrate K’lal, the value of inclusivity, making sure every person feels the joy of Purim and of being included in the Kehillah, community.  Make sure to sign up for the carnival, and come get your own treat from our community!

Se’udat Purim: In addition to the purim spiel, (the playful part of Purim), which usually includes telling the story, a costume parade, and baking or eating hamantaschen, many families also enjoy the Se’udah, or the Purim feast. This commandment is to “eat, drink, and be merry.” This mitzvah is the hardest to maintain this year because it is so difficult to safely gather in Kehillah (community).  As a people we have had to constantly grow and innovate, create chiddushor new ways of celebrating.  We invite you to think of one creative way you can have a Purim feast this year and share it with us!

Matanot L’evyonim: Directly giving to those experiencing poverty, matanot l’evyonim, is the fourth mitzvah. Giving to others, especially on Purim, ensures that everyone in our kehillah (community) has the means to celebrate during the holiday and honors Esther and Mordechai’s legacy of saving the Jewish people. Fulfilling the mitzvah of matanot l’evyonim can be as simple as dropping coins into a tzedakah box or making donations of food or clothing to a local pantry or shelter.  This year, bring gently used or new pots and pans to CNS when you come to the drive-through Purim carnival for donation to Community Warehouse!

Mishloach Manot Basket

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