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Young Israel Celebrates Purim

Howard Brickman and Rabbi Nesanal Lerman (Photo: QueensPost)

March 1, 2013 Staff Report

Members of Young Israel of Sunnyside, an Orthodox synagogue located on 46th Street (43rd Ave), celebrated the popular ancient custom of Purim last Sunday.

Purim is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman, a high-ranking Persian leader, who sought to kill them.

Members of Young Israel celebrated Purim by giving each other gifts of food and drink, and with a festive meal in the synagogue. Furthermore, members of the synagogue followed Jewish tradition by dressing up in costumes, symbolizing the idea that reality is not always reflected in what you expect or see.

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Did the Rabbi come dressed as Elvis Costello?

Seriously, looks like this synagogue is an asset to the community, Jewish or otherwise.


This was a fantastic party that alot more people should be coming to..we have alot of jewish famiies that are not so religious and should join the parties and see how warm and welcome the not so new rabbi and his wife will make you feel right at home…young families with little kids they have a program for them druing the day…. call them and get involved…. their is a very warm feeling you get when you walk through their door is is called” Welcome” and the warm you will feel the love in shul..and even if you are not jewish you should come and she what young israel is doing… their is love in the air…


The Synagogue on 47th Avenue and 41st Street also had a Purim celebration. I would like to go next year as a tennis player.


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