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)

Tzedaka

  • Grogger meets Tzedaka via yardkay@yahoo.com
    7th grade volunteers from Yeshivat Noam are running a PASTA GROGGER DRIVE this Purim! We are asking families to bring pasta boxes to shake as groggers in shul and then donate them in their shul’s drop-box. These pasta boxes will then be distributed by the 7th grade volunteers to Tomchei Shabbos and The Jewish Federation March Mega Food Drive. Participating shuls include: Congregation Keter Torah, Congregation Rinat Yisrael, Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, Young Israel of Teaneck, Congregation Beth Abraham, Congregation Shaarei Tefilah, Congregation Ohr Hatorah, Congregation Beth Aaron & Congregation Shomrei Torah of Fair Lawn. This is a great way to add more mitzvot, meaning and purpose to all of your family’s Purim holiday fun this year!

    Food may be deposited at two locations directly inside the PODS:

    • Teaneck: 1212 Kensington Road from March 25th until Friday April 8th
    • Englewood: 160 Lyman Place from March 24th until Wednesday March 30th
    • Food may also be dropped off 777 Dearborn Ave., Teaneck until April 5th.

    Food must be in its original packaging, with kosher certification visible. Please do not leave items such as fresh fruit, loose hamentaschen, baked goods, candy no longer in the original package, or foods requiring refrigeration. For more information about the project and donation opportunities to help defray costs, please visit our website or contact Josh Klavan (917) 593-9290, Yoni Lieber (201) 362-3845 or Jason Teigman (201) 321-­1785.

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:

Enjoy alcohol drinks on Purim without getting sick, hungover, or worse

  1. Water: Follow every drink (or every two drinks) with at least one full cup of water.
    This will keep your body hydrated and seriously reduce your chances of passing out, getting sick/hungover, or G-d forbid ending up in a hospital.

    Dehydration is one of the main causes of hangover symptoms and drinking water along with any alcoholic beverage can prevent those symptoms. Drinking a cup of water before you start drinking alcohol, and after every drink (or every two drinks) will go a long way towards relieving hangover discomfort.

    DON’T drink a whole lot of alcohol and wait until you need to throw up until you finally drink some water. Wherever you go, bring at least 2 bottles of water with you and follow every 1 or 2 drinks with at least 5 ounces of water.

  2. ONLY drink on a full stomach or after eating a substantial amount of food.
    Drinking on an empty stomach is simply dangerous. Most people don’t realize that drinking alcohol on an empty stomach should be avoided because it leads more quickly to intoxication. Neither do they realize what a big difference drinking with food in the stomach can really make. For example, Swedish researchers had a group of people consume a few drinks after an overnight fast. The next day they had the group consume the same amount of alcohol in the same amount of time after eating a modest breakfast. After having breakfast, the group had a much lower average blood alcohol level — only 75% of the BAC reached when drinking on an empty stomach.

    Eating food – especially proteins, fats and dense carbohydrates – slows down the intoxication rate, as does drinking slowly.

    Don’t drink too fast, too much at once, and don’t chug. Chugging is very dangerous because it leads to faster intoxication as the alcohol is absorbed directly into the bloodstream and neutralizes the body’s ability to reject the toxin by vomiting.

    If youre fasting on Taanis Esther then avoid getting drunk Purim night. Save it for Purim day time.

  3. Drink Moderately! This bears repeating.
    If you do not drink to the point of total intoxication, your chances of vomiting or getting sick/hungover is very slim. Although there are exceptions, generally only people who drink to excess will experience sickness.

    DON’T play the game of, “I know what I could handle.” Play the game of, “I know when to stop.”

    Some days our bodies are not able to handle the same amount of alcohol as it has on prior days. Just because you were able to handle X amount of drinks at previous parties and situations, this IN NO WAY indicates you will be able to handle that same amount of alcohol.

    The number one reason people end up hospitalized for drinking too much is because they had previously drank the same amount of alcohol without having any problems and so did it again. The same way you can’t handle the same amount of food or soda every day, you can’t handle the same amount of alcohol each time you drink. Regardless of how much or little you drank, as soon as you feel any symptoms of drunkenness (slight head-aches, dizziness, nausea, needing to vomit etc), stop drinking alcohol IMMEDIATELY and drink some water.

Purim Sameach!