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Congregation Brothers of Israel

L'dor Vador—From Generation to Generation since 1883
לדור ודור

PURIM

In 2025, Purim begins at sundown on Thursday, March 13 and ends at sundown on Friday, March 13.

The story of the joyous holiday of Purim might appear somber at first glance: It tells of the near-destruction of the Jewish people as decreed by Haman, an adviser to the Persian King Ahasuerus. 

There are several common practices on Purim:

* We give gifts to poor people.

* We read the megillah, the Purim story.

* We eat a festive meal, or seudah.

* We give food gifts, called mishloah manot, to our friends.

*We eat hamantaschen, triangle-shaped cookies named for the villainous Haman.

Other Purim Activities

Many people dress up in costume, following the theme of Purim as a holiday of disguise where nothing is quite as it seems. Synagogues and communities hold plays and festivals specifically for the day. Traditionally, a noisemaker or gragger is sounded when Haman’s name is said aloud during the megillah reading; today some people have instituted a new practice of waving a celebratory flag when Esther’s name is recited.

      Calendar of Jewish HOLIDAYS   2024 - 2025


TU B'SHVAT - sunset Wednesday, January 24 - sundown Thursday January 25, 2024
PURIM - sunset Saturday, March 23 - sundown Sunday, March 24, 2024
PASSOVER - sunset Monday April 22 - sundown Tuesday April 30, 2024
YOM HASHOAH - Sunday, May 5 - sunset Monday, May 6, 2024
YOM HA'ATZMAUT - sunset  Monday, May 13 - sunset Tuesday, May 14, 2024
LAG B'OMER - sunset Saturday, May 25 - sundown Sunday, May 26, 2024
YOM YERUSHALAYIM - sunset Tuesday June 4 - sundown Wednesday, June 5, 2024
SHAVUOT - sunset Tuesday, June 11 - Thursday,  June 13, 2024
TISH B'AV - sunset Monday August 12 - sundown Tuesday August 13, 2024
ROSH HASHANAH - sunset Wednesday October 2 - sundown Friday, October 4, 2024
YOM KIPPUR - sunset Friday October 11 - sundown Saturday October 12, 2024
SUKKOT - sunset Wednesday,  October 16 - sundown Wednesday October 23, 2024
SHEMINI ARZERET - sunset Wednesday, October 23 - sundown Thursday, October 24, 2024
SIMCHAT TORAH - sunset Thursday October 24 - sundown Friday October 25, 2024
CHANUKAH - sunset Wednesday December 25 - sundown Thursday, January 2, 2025
TU B'SHVAT - sunset Wednesday February12 - sundown Thursday February 13, 2025
PURIM - sunset  Thursday March 13 - sundown Friday March 14

Thu, February 22 2024 13 Adar I 5784