Purim is the Jewish festival that commemorates the events in the Book of Esther. It is a light-hearted holiday when many dress up as biblical characters, whether heroes (Queen Esther and Mordecai) the villain (Haman) or someone in between (King Ahasuerus). The entire book of Esther is read as people cheer for the heroes, and boo the villain and try to drown out his name with noisemakers called groggers. Purim treats include three-cornered pastries called hamantashen (Haman’s hats). This year Purim falls on March 25, and many of our branches will be having special holiday outreaches.

Last year our New York branch had a great time, as you can tell, giving away hot chocolate, Purim treats, gospel-themed postcards titled, “Who’s Your Hero” and inviting people to post their Purim thoughts on an interactive board. It was great to see so many people, many of whom were Jewish, stop to interact. Hope you’ll enjoy these photos and be inspired to pray for our teams this Purim.

Here is the postcard: