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  • Thousands of Purim Kits, Megilloth Distributed Here and Abroad

    Butman said that the Purim kits were distributed in elementary schools, high schools, colleges, army bases, hospitals, nursing homes and on the streets. Lubavitcher Hasidim even went “behind bars” to bring the Purim observances and holidays spirits to Jewish prisoners. Thousands of people also received Purim kits through the Mitzvah Mobiles or “tanks against assimilation.”… More ▸

  • Purim Celebrated in Bucharest

    The Jewish community celebrated the Purim festival here at a gathering attended by writers, artists, students and other local citizens under the auspices of the Federation of Jewish communities. Guests included Gheorghe Nenciu, deputy director of the department of religious affairs of the Rumanian government and a visiting group of the American Jewish Committee. Chief… More ▸

  • Purim in Moscow

    Jewish sources in the Soviet Union report that the synagogue at Archipovo Street was packed to capacity for the reading of the Megila on Saturday night and that there were also many people attending the service Sunday morning. On Saturday night there was also an overflow in the vicinity of the synagogue, composed mostly of… More ▸

  • Soviet Emigrants Celebrate Purim

    Fifteen American couples representing the Young Leadership Cabinet of the United Jewish Appeal met today with 100 newly arrived Jewish immigrants from the Soviet Union at the Schonau Castle transit center here. The Americans are enroute to Warsaw to observe the 30th anniversary of the Ghetto uprising there. The Jews are on their way to… More ▸

  • Purim Festivities Galore in Israel

    Israelis celebrated Purim today. While the streets of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem were strung with colored lights and filled with children costumed as cowboys, Indians or astronauts, it was Beersheba, capital of the Negev, that outdid its sister cities this year. Some 6000 marchers and seven bands held the 13th annual Negev parade, joined by… More ▸

  • Jewish Leaders Stress Lessons of Purim

    The lessons that contemporary society can learn from the ancient festival of Purim which begins at sundown March 17 were stressed in messages issued by Jewish leaders here today. Rabbi William Berkowitz, president of the New York Board of Rabbis said “The right to dissent, especially in matters of religion and conscience, is a central… More ▸

  • Lindsay Issues Purim Greetings

    Mayor John V. Lindsay has issued Purim greetings to the city’s Jewish population. The Mayor hailed the “wonderful story” of the holiday, adding that “of course it is more than a story.” He elaborated: “Its message of deliverance and redemption has been a source of moral and spiritual strength to the Jewish people in the… More ▸

  • Lindsay Greets Jews on Eve of Purim; Says Holiday Has Its Modern Counterpart

    Mayor John V. Lindsay sent greetings to Jewish New Yorkers today on the occasion of the Purim festival which starts tonight. He called it “a meaningful holiday, rich in the tradition of Jewish folklore, and particularly relevant for the Jewish people today.” “In our own time,” the Major’s message said, “the Jewish people have triumphed… More ▸

  • Israelis Prepare for Purim; Unperturbed by Ceqse-fire Expiration; Canal Zone Guiet

    Israelis, busy preparing for Purim festivities, appeared unperturbed today by the expiration of the seven month-old cease-fire at midnight last night. The fact that there has been no resumption of shooting on the Suez front and all other borders remain quiet, or nearly so, contributed to the air of equanimity. But newspapers seemed to be… More ▸