JERUSALEM (Mar. 14)
Thousands of Jerusalem’s youngsters gaily celebrated the Feast of Esther today, romping through the streets in the costumes of Queen Esther, the wicked Haman and dressed like American cowboys and Indians who have some how become attached to the ancient Hebrew tradition. The youngsters showed Israel’s increasing interest and association with the Afro-Asian countries by the number dressed in colorful African garb or Oriental attire.
Tourists staying in the hotels each received yesterday a traditional Purim gift–a package containing the Scroll of Esther in Hebrew and English, candy, oranges and a miniature bottle of wine. This year again, children from Israel’s cities organized caravans to bring gifts and entertainment to the children in the new immigrant settlements.