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Purim 5779 Schedule

Purim Unmasked - A Quick Review of Everything You Need To Know About Purim

The Shpeilbergs

Matanot L'Evyonim

Women's Megillah Readings



Ta’anit Esther - Wednesday, March 20th    
       Fast Begins 5:32 a.m.
       Shacharit 6:30 a.m.
       Mincha 5:45 p.m.
       Maariv 7:05 p.m.
       Fast Ends*
               *Ideally one should not eat until after                  hearing the Megillah

Purim Night - Wednesday, March 20th


Kidz Club Celebration and Show
Costume Parade (and prizes) 
         (ages 2-13)
 by break fast,
           & the return of the 
Shpiel-bergs and                  the screening of this year's shpiel video




Late Megillah reading 9:30 p.m.
Purim Day -Thursday, March 21st    
Shacharit (at Young Israel) 6:15 a.m.
            Megillah Reading (approx.) 6:45 a.m.

Shacharit & Megillah Reading


      at Hebrew Academy & HHNE    

Early Mincha @ Young Israel


Community Women’s Megillah Reading



               at Young Israel of West Hartford                        in partnership with Beth David                            Synagogue


Open House @ the Branders (6 Seneca Road)

2:00 - 4:35

Chabad Communal Purim Seudah at HHNE
             Late Megillah Reading 4:30 p.m.
             Late Mincha & Seudah 5:00 p.m.

Maariv (at Young Israel)



The following is a quick review of the primary aspects of the Purim holiday:  

SHABBAT ZACHOR: On the Shabbat preceding Purim, the weekly maftir is replaced with a special reading from Devarim (Deuteronomy 25:17-19) detailing the commandment to remember the evil perpetrated Amalek upon our exodus from Egypt. According to many, hearing this reading is a biblical obligation and fulfillment of the command to remember Amalek; as such, it is read with exact precision and important for all to be in attendance for its reading.    

MEGILLAH READING: On Wednesday night and Thursday morning, both men and women are fully obligated to hear the entire Megillat Esther read. If one misses hearing even a single word, s/he has not fulfilled their obligation. It is for this reason, that we will have both early and late readings of the Megillah both at night and in the morning, so that every member of our community will have access to a minyan at which they can fulfill their obligation. While there is an obligation to hear every word from a kosher Megillah, if one fails to hear a certain word, s/he should read them aloud from a printed text.   When we answer amen to the reader’s recitation of the Shehechiyanu blessing before megillah in the morning, we should have in mind that this blessing also covers the other mitzvot of the day, as listed below.  

MISHLOACH MANOT/PURIM GIFTS: Every person has an obligation to send at least one Mishloach Manot (Purim gift) to another Jew on Purim. Minimally, this package must contain two prepared foods, one cooked or baked. Even though many participate in organizational Mishloach Manot projects to share gifts on Purim, in order to fulfill one's actual mitzvah, people should still send at least one homemade Mishloach Manot package on Purim as the mitzvah is “ish le-re’ehu” one individual to another.  

MATANOT LE-EVYONIM/PRESENTS FOR THE POOR: In order to lift the spirits of those in need and enable them to rejoice on Purim, every Jew is obligated to give a monetary gift to two individuals in need on Purim day. These monetary gifts must be delivered on Purim day, and can be delivered through an agent. The gifts should be given in sufficient time for the poor to utilize them during Purim – and for their Purim meals. The poor person may do as s/he wishes with the gifts, however. Proper observance of Purim would require the spending of at least as much on this mitzvah as on any of its other mitzvot of the day. Rabbi Brander is happy to collect money on your behalf and distribute it locally and in Israel on Purim day. Money may be deposited in the designated baskets, donated online or given directly to Rabbi Brander. Please make sure checks include Purim in the memo. Funds must be received by 2:30 PM Purim afternoon to ensure dispersal on Purim.    

MACHATZIT HASHEKEL/HALF SHEKEL: In commemoration of the half shekel donated annually to the Temple at this time of year, it is customary for every Jew to contribute 3 half dollar coins on Purim eve or morning. One places at least $1.50 in the designated basket in order to ‘purchase’ the set of three half dollar coins, lifts up the coins to demonstrate ownership over them, and then deposits them back into the basket as a gift. The funds collected will also go to those in need.   

PURIM SEUDAH/FESTIVE PURIM MEAL: A festive meal should be enjoyed by every person. The meal must begin on Purim day before sunset and should be preceded by Mincha. The meal may extend into the night; however, most of the meal should be during the day. Joyous Purim songs and words of Torah should be shared. When making plans for your Purim Seudah, please have in mind those who may not otherwise have an invitation. The Mitzvah of hosting guests is best fulfilled not by inviting close friends but by welcoming those that may otherwise feel neglected. Please give particular consideration to those who may be alone.  

AVEILIM/MOURNERS: People in their time of mourning should still go to Shul to hear Megillah. A mourner does not customarily receive Mishloach Manot (though his/her family may) though is still obligated to send a single Mishloach Manot to another Jew. Mourners should participate in a small, private Purim seudah, rather than a large assembly with excessive levity. 

They Are Back!!

We are excited to continue the tradition of hilarity and Purim joy with the annual presentation of theYOUNG ISRAEL SHPIEL featuring the return of Rav Lexa and of course, the wit and wisdom of our world-renowned ShpielbergsIt is an event not to be missed and quite possibly the 5th mitzvah of Purim. This Wednesday night immediately following Megillah during break fast aka food!

Women's Megillah Readings

We are proud this year to partner with the broader West Hartford community and Beth David Synagogue to provide two women's megillah readings (once in the evening and one during Purim day). 

The evening one will be at Beth David Synagogue at 7:30 PM and the day reading will be at Young Israel of West Hartford at 2:30 PM. 

Thank you so much to Judie Patel and Ruth Alcabes for putting this together.

Sun, May 26 2019 21 Iyyar 5779