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Purim 2021

Purim is quickly approaching! Scroll down for your complete guide to Purim at The RJC or click on the following links to jump down to the information relevant to you:

Mishloach Manot

Taanit Esther Selichot

Matanot L'Evyonim/Machatzit HaShekel

Purim with The RJC Youth

Halachot and Minhagim of the Purim Season 5781

Mishloach Manot

Mishloach Manot are an important fundraiser for our Shul. Through this project, you can send a beautiful gift basket to your RJC friends while generously supporting the Shul and community.

The registration has closed.

Click here for more information and to participate in this campaign.

Taanit Esther Selichot

View a digital copy of the Selichot recited on Taanit Esther by clicking here.

Matanot L'Evyonim/Machatzit HaShekel

It is customary to provide monetary support for people in need on Purim through Matanot L'Evyonim. RJC will again support the Fund For the Needy (FFN) of Riverdale and its distribution campaign on Purim day to hundreds of people in our neighborhood who need our support. 

Click here to donate.

Purim with The RJC Youth

Parshat Zachor Outdoor Family Reading
Shabbat, February 20 | 3:00 PM | Front of the RJC
All children are welcome: small giveaway for children in attendance. Registration is required. Click here to register.

Family Megillah Reading
Thursday, February 25 | 6:25 PM | Social Hall
Full Megillah reading for families and all children who are able to sit quietly- Purim coloring pages and crayons will be provided. Registration is required through the RJC Megillah registration.

Quick Curbside Carnival
Thursday, February 25 | After Megillah
Join us on the sidewalk outside the RJC for boxed treats, a photo booth, and more! Click here to register.

Purim Dress-Up Tot Shabbat
Shabbat morning, February 27
Bring your children in costume for a special Shushan Purim Tot Shabbat! Registration is required and will be posted the week of Purim.

Halachot and Minhagim of the Purim Season 5781

With Purim quickly approaching, below are a few halachot, practices, and frequently asked questions unique to our circumstances this year.

1. Zecher l’machatzit hashekel is a custom to donate money in memory of the half-shekel that was donated to the Beit Hamikdash during the month of Adar. The traditional coins will not be available in the designated baskets this year but the minhag can certainly be fulfilled without them. One dollar per family should be given either in person or through an online donation here.

2. Matanot l’evyonim will be distributed on Purim day as always. Checks should be made out to the Fund For the Needy or you can donate online by clicking here.

3. Mishloach Manot can be fulfilled through a gift of two food items to one other person. While many often enhance this mitzvah greatly, caution should be taken to prepare and deliver Mishloach Manot in a safe fashion.

4. Megillah Reading will take place at shul (indoors and outdoors) with required registration like all regular minyanim. Please make every effort to register as early as possible, allowing our staff to prepare properly for Purim. If the minyan you would like to attend is already at capacity, please contact the office for further assistance. Register for Purim minyan/megillah here. For those who are not able to attend in person, the Mitzvah of Kriyat HaMegillah can be fulfilled through reading from a Kosher Megillah at home. If this too is not an option, virtual participation will be available via Zoom both at night and day. Click here for the Megillah Zoom link.

5. Seudat Purim on Friday follows most of the same rules as a regular year. The Seudah can be had at any point during the day after the other mitzvot have been completed. Because it is Erev Shabbat, the Seudah should be completed by 3:00 PM.

6. Quarantine: The Mitzvot listed above are not an excuse to endanger the lives of others. Anyone who is subject to quarantine rules or experiencing symptoms of illness should remain home. Let us remember that the Mitzvah of Kiddush Hashem applies every day of the year. Especially this year, we must ensure that our celebration of Purim does not compromise the tremendous efforts our community has put in place to be safe and healthy.

For further questions about the above guidelines or other specific questions please contact Rabbi Zirkind or Rabbi Genack.

Monday, March 8, 2021 24 Adar 5781