March 12, 2012 By Christian Murray
Members of Young Israel of Sunnyside, an Orthodox synagogue located on 46th Street (43rd Ave), celebrated the popular annual event of Purim on March 8.
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 all the Jews. It is a story recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther.
Members of Young Israel celebrated Purim by giving each other gifts of food and drink, and with a festive meal in the synagogue (see pictures). 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.
The children ate Hamantaschen, the triangular fruit-filled cookies, that are traditionally eaten during Purim.