Purim Megillah readings in North Jersey 2016

Purim sameach! Book of Esther Megillah readings for Northern New Jersey, Purim 2016:

Megillah scroll
Source: The Washington Megillah (Megillat Esther, The Book of Esther), Scroll on Parchment, Illuminated, Italy eighteenth century Hebraic Section. Library of Congress Photo

Megillah Readings Wednesday night 23 March 2016

7:20pm Arzei Darom, Teaneck
7:40pm Anshei Lubavitch, Fair Lawn
7:40pm Teaneck Jewish Center – Pressburger Regular Megillah Reading
7:40pm Teaneck Jewish Center – Library Quiet Megillah Reading
7:50pm Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn
8:00pm Zichron Mordechai
8:00pm Zichron Mordechai
8:15pm Teaneck Women’s Tefillah Email
9:00pm Arzei Darom, Teaneck
9:15pm Darchei Noam, Fair Lawn
9:30pm Keter Torah, Teaneck
Bnai Yeshurun
9:45pm Beth Aaron, Teaneck
9:45pm Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn
10:00pm Anshei Lubavitch, Fair Lawn

Megillah Readings Thursday, 24 March 2016

5:55am Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn
6:40am Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn
7:30am Teaneck Jewish Center
8:10am Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn
8:30am Anshei Lubavitch, Fair Lawn
9:25am Shomrei Torah, Fair Lawn
9:45am Paterson Federation Building (and special event*) Contact JerrySchranz@gmail.com
11:00am Teaneck Jewish Center – Women’s Reading in Stein Contact Judi Resnick
2:00pm Anshei Lubavitch, Fair Lawn

Shuls/Reading Locations

  • Paterson Shul at Federation Apartments, Basement: 510 E 27 St, Paterson, New Jersey
  • Teaneck Women’s Tefillah: 595 Wyndham Road, Teaneck.

    More Megillah readings and special Purim events

    • Chabad Megillah Readings list
    • Paterson Federation Building Megillah Reading and Light Breakfast
      Learn more about the last of the Jews of Paterson and enjoy a light breakfast/seudah with these seniors, so come with costume, come with ruach! Parking is available on the street and just across the street at Rosa Parks School (former Yavneh Academy)
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    Hundreds of Jews break the sanctity of the Sabbath to save a life – that couldn’t be saved

    Deborah Stubin missing flyer
    Source: Passaic Police Department

    The Daily Mail covers the discovery of Devorah Stubin’s car and body: a 22 year old woman who suffered from occasional seizures and became lost in Maywood, NJ last Thursday night after exiting the Garden State Parkway. NJ.com reports on the community turn-out to search for Devorah and bring her home:

    Hundreds of members of the Orthodox Jewish community from around the tri-state area flocked to Passaic Friday as news surfaced of the missing 22-year-old.

    “It’s amazing how many people gave up their Sabbath to come help in the search,” said Leat Kuzinar, a family friend. “There were 200 to 300 people, more than what we needed.” read more

    Wei Family wishes you a sweet, good year – Shana Tova

    shana-tova
    Graphic courtesy New World Ketuba
    Kimi, Ivan and Ari of the Wei Family wish all of our Jewish – and all our other – friends a sweet, loving & peaceful year. Shana Tova!

    Here’s a special Torah lesson on the holiday from family friend, Rabbi Jordan Yasgur:

    Beautiful graphic courtesy of New World Ketubah.

    Billy Holiday’s Strange Fruit was written by a Jewish man

    Billie Holiday Strange Fruit
    Strange Fruit, the haunting song made famous by Billy Holiday and named the Song of the Century by Time magazine in 1999, is a fearsome ballad about Black people hung from trees after lynching. An interesting little known fact about this song is that its author was Abel Meerpol, a Jewish man from the Bronx.

    Laws making it illegal to feed homeless in 33 cities must be reversed

    not crime to feed homelessOn HuffPo, Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz writes about the 90 year old man arrested for feeding the homeless: “Arnold Abbott in Fort Lauderdale was arrested twice for publicly helping feed the vulnerable in his community.” And adds:

    Astonishingly, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless, 33 American cities passed new restrictions on feeding the homeless between January 2013-April 2014.

    Jews are commanded against following these laws, since we are obligated to feed and tend to the most vulnerable in our midst. The Shulchan Aruch writes: read more

    How-to safely enjoy drinking on Purim

    Be wellOnce a year on Purim, Jews celebrate our deliverance from annihilation in Persia and just for this holiday, it’s OK for Jews to drink enough to become tipsy. Comedian Sol Auerbach shares good advice on how to enjoy the pleasant effects of an alcohol buzz without causing bodily harm to yourself – tips that are good for any occasion when people are imbibing spirits. Thanks Sol!

    In a nutshell: drink a lot of water to stay hydrated, eat and stop if you begin to feel woozy. Here’s Saul’s complete list: read more