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Around the World, it’s Purim in Israel

More than five months into Israel’s defensive war against Hamas that began after the October 7 massacre, as Jews face increased antisemitism, the holiday of Purim celebrating the nation’s historic salvation from Haman’s plot of extermination in Ancient Persia has new resonance. 

From the Space Coast to the East Coast, from the Midwest to the Wild West, Chabad centers in the U.S. and beyond are showcasing the connection of the Jewish People to the Land of Israel, with “Purim in Israel”-themed parties and events.

Chabad of the West Side in Manhattan, partnering with Chabad in Maale Efraim, Israel, will be sponsoring 200 Purim gift baskets for families who have a family member currently serving in the IDF. Chabad of Calabasas, CA, will send hundreds of mishloach manot to IDF soldiers. 

In California’s Crescenta Valley, a harpist will play live renditions of traditional Israeli music. In Shelton, Connecticut, participants will make fresh, Jaffa-style orange juice. In Etobicoke, Ontario, participants will put together pitas with all the fixings at a falafel bar. In Royal Oak, Michigan, there will be a “pet farm at the kibbutz.” In Satellite Beach, on Florida’s Space Coast, there will be virtual reality tours of the Holy Temple. 

In Southern Delaware, they’ll make hamentashen and send cards to IDF soldiers. In Cherry Hill, NJ, toddlers will enjoy a “light rail”-themed train ride while teens make hamsa bracelets. Participants in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, NY will make Magen David keychains, while those in Smyrna, GA will enjoy wines imported from the Galilee.

The events will all offer participants the opportunity to fulfill the four mitzvot of Purim: hearing the reading of the Megillah—the Book of Esther; sending gifts of food to a fellow; giving charity to at least two impoverished individuals; and enjoying a Purim feast.

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