Purim 2018

From Rabbi Smason on Purim

With the festive holiday of Purim fast approaching, I’m writing to remind you of the time-sensitive mitzvah of Matanos L’Evyonim — tzedaka (charity) to the poor. For many years, we at NHBZ have collected Matanos L’Evyonim in conjunction with the worthy organization Od Yosef Chai.

Our special arrangement with Od Yosef enables me to distribute locally half of all money collected. The remaining half supports our Jewish brethren in Jerusalem and elsewhere. All money pledged and collected for Matanos L’Evyonim is distributed on Purim. This year, Purim takes place on February 28-March 1.

Your donation of $10, $18, $36, $54, $100 – or whatever amount you care to give— will make a significant difference to those in need, and enable you to fulfill the precious Purim mitzvah of Matanos L’Evyonim. Checks can be made out to ‘Rabbi’s Charity Fund’ by Monday, February 26.

PURIM Schedule 2018/5778

Wednesday, February 28
Fast of Esther begins- 5:23 am
Shachris at 6:45 am
Mincha at 5:20 pm
Ma’ariv at 6:35 pm
Reading of (Megillah)
Megillas Esther at 6:45 pm

Thursday, March 1
Shachris at 6:30 am
Reading of (Megillah)
Megillas Esther at approximately 7:00 am.
Mincha at 5:00 pm

PURIM SEUDAH (Dinner) 5:15 pm

Join us for our Purim Seudah, costume ball, and talent contest!
Adults: $15.00, Kids 6-10: $10.00, $45.00 Family Max. Kids 5 & under: Free
Reservations are a MUST ~ Call 314-991-2100 ext 2 or email jeff@nhbz.org
~ Become a Purim Seudah Sponsor for $25.00

Purim Cards…

Fulfill the mitzvah of Mishloach Manos give actual gifts of food to at least two friends, then send our PURIM CARDS to everyone else. All proceeds will benefit our NHBZ Chesed Fund. Cards may be purchased in our office at $10.00 per pack for 5 cards with envelopes, or $25 for three 5-packs.


This coming Wednesday night/ Thursday is the holiday of Purim. Purim is arguably the most joyous holiday on the Jewish calendar. If you would only have one day a year to attend synagogue, Purim might be that day. Purim is celebrated with the ‘Four Ms’ — in the following 4 ways:

  1. Megilla: On Purim we read the Book of Esther, which recalls the attempt of the evil Haman (boo!) to wipe out the Jews of Persia.
  2. Mishloach Manos: We send gifts of food to friends and relatives …at least two ready-to-eat food items in each package, delivered by a proxy. The joy of the day increases as we send and receive.
  3. Matanos L’Evyonim: We don’t forget those with less . . . at least 2 gifts of money and/or food to the poor on Purim day.
  4. Mishteh: The merry, merry meal on Purim day . . . an easy mitzvah to fulfill.

Purim represents the height of joy — so enjoy!

PURIM IS here – please Consider BECOMING A SPONSOR OF THE PURIM SEUDAH (DINNER) FOR $25 – contact the office ~ Thank you to our sponsors so far: Don & Julie Eisenberg, Bob & Joni Kaiser, Howard & Phyllis Loiterstein, Dr. David & Fran Reisler, Alan & Janet Haber, Jay & Peggy Umansky, Murray & Joyce Hochberg, Irwin & Arlene Fredman, Andy & Ellen Berg, Jacob & Judy Levin, Lenny & Fran Alper, Leonid & Stella Vladimirov, and Kenny & Barb Bressler