Purim

  • 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 ▸

  • Drivers Urged to Keep Lights on During Purim for Soviet Jews Who Live in Darkness

    In an attempt to “make this lively little holiday come alive,” the rabbis of Yonkers, N.Y., are urging Americans, both Jews and non-Jews, to keep their automobile lights on during next Wednesday’s Fast of Esther “for those who dwell in darkness” –Soviet Jews–Rabbi Harry Bolensky of Midchester Temple told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency today. The… More ▸

  • Irish Jews Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and Purim with a Reigning ‘colleen Queen’

    The Loyal League of Yiddish Sons of Erin, an organization of Jews born in Ireland, celebrated a kosher St. Patrick’s Day at a New York restaurant yesterday, combined with a slightly belated Purim festival. Marsha Coleman, a student at Montgomery Junior College in Silver Springs, Maryland, reigned as “Colleen Queen Esther” at the festivities. She… More ▸

  • Israeli Youngsters Celebrate Feast of Purim with Departures from Tradition

    The iconology of modern youth the world over was evident in the Purim festivities that swept through the streets of Tel Aviv tonight. Traditional “Queen Esthers” and “Mordechais” were very much in evidence. But the show was stolen by mini-skirted girls, youngsters in hippie garb, “spacemen”, “cowboys” and many “Bonnie and Clydes.” Israeli youngsters cut… More ▸