Purim 2019

Young Families Purim

Saturday 16 March - 10:15am
Our Young Families (with kids under 8) are invited to come along and prepare for Purim with a fun-filled morning!
We'll begin with our signature 'Bagels & Brachas' Family Shabbat in the sanctuary at 10:15am (the service starts at 10am for the grown-ups), where the kids are engaged alongside Rabbi Nicole for about 30 minutes, participate in the 'Torah Parade', and receive a special blessing.
Kids and parents will then head upstairs for breakfast - followed by a special project run by Kids Circle where we'll make mishlo'ach manot (special gifts) for people in need of love and cheer.
Most importantly, kids are invited to come in fancy dress!

Purim @ NSTE

Wednesday 20 March
Join us for a fun and frivolous Purim at NSTE. Start the evening with a drink and hamantaschen whilst you browse the costuming options on offer.
Then enjoy the backwards service led by Rabbi Nicole and Cantor Ted, featuring unexpected musical fun with our choir. 
The evening continues with Megillah reading with Cantor Ted and Harry Baral and our annual "Latkes vs. Hamantaschen Debate", a worldwide tradition, now becoming an NSTE tradition!
Last year, Rabbi Nicole debated the Human Rights Commissioner, as to which is the greater Jewish food. This year’s debaters will soon be revealed.


Livracha For Purim

Our Livracha or "for a blessing” program continues with the Festival of Purim.  

The Torah instructs us that in the midst of our most joyous times - our festival celebrations - we mustn't forget those in need, but share our abundance with them.  This is particularly emphasised at Purim. While our texts speak of feasting and rejoicing at Purim due to our people’s survival (thanks to Esther), they also encourage matanot l’evyonim "gifts to the poor.”   

As one of our Purim customs is for children to use greggor toys during the reading, NSTE will be collecting activity books for children and related items, such as coloured pencils, to provide to those in need. 

From mid-February to early March, we welcome donations in the basket in the NSTE foyer of:

  • Activity books
  • Colouring books
  • Word search books
  • Books with puzzles and games suitable for young children
  • Pens, pencils, sets of coloured pencils or textas

All items must be new.

We will be donating these to WEAVE Youth & Community Services, a non-profit community organisation that has been working with disadvantaged and vulnerable young people, women, children and families, particularly indigenous families, in the City of Sydney and South Sydney areas for over 35 years.  

We look forward to sharing the celebration of Purim with others less fortunate.

For further information, please contact jsa@nste.org.au

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What is Purim?

The jolly festival of Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar. It commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day,” as recorded in the Megillah (book of Esther).

During Purim, we listen to the reading of the Megillah, dress up in fancy dress, eat hamentaschen, and enjoy many laughs.