Purim is celebrated by the reading of the Scroll of Esther, known in Hebrew as the Megillat Esther, which relates the basic story of Purim.
Under the rule of King Ahashuerus, Haman, the King’s prime minister, plots to exterminate all of the Jews of Persia. His plan is foiled by Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai, who ultimately save the Jews of the land from destruction. The reading of the megillahis typically a rowdy affair, punctuated by booing and noise-making when Haman’s name is read aloud.
At Temple B’nai Israel we celebrate with a special reading and a performance from the religious school. We dress in costume and celebrate with a delicious hamantaschen bake-off!