TEL AVIV (Feb. 28)
Purim was observed in Israel with less of the usual color and vivacity in the streets which annually marks this holiday. One of the more popular costumes was of “E.T.” and at times the streets appeared to have been invaded by extraterrestrials. But there was still a good number of Queen Esthers and cowboys making their rounds.
Youngsters were, in the main, kept at home by their parents because of the unusual cold and dampness, especially in Jerusalem which has witnessed the most snowy winter since 1919. The children attended Purim parties at kindergartens, schools, youth clubs and parents’ work places. But there was none of the customary costume parades through the streets.