The festival of Purim marks the salvation of the Jewish people from extermination by the chief minister to the King of Persia. Haman plotted to “kill, annihilate and destroy young, old, infants and women in a single day.” We celebrate with Megillah, readings, food, charity and feasting.

Begins sunset of Wednesday, March 20, 2019 – Ends nightfall of Thursday, March 21, 2019

Significance: Remembers the defeat of a plot to exterminate the Jews

Observances: Public reading of the book of Esther while “blotting out” the villain’s name.

Length: 1 day

Customs: Costume parties; drinking; eating fruit-filled hamantash

Purim will occur on the following days of the secular calendar:

    •       Jewish Year 5779: sunset March 20, 2019 – nightfall March 21, 2019

    •       Jewish Year 5780: sunset March 9, 2020 – nightfall March 10, 2020

    •       Jewish Year 5781: sunset February 25, 2021 – nightfall February 26, 2021