Friday, June 05, 2020

Sholom Ber Wundsbacher reads the traditional handwritten Megilla scroll at Chabad of Greystone Purim party on Purim. (Credit: Robert Kalfus)

We Jews and Italians, we speak with our hands! Chabad of Yonkers Rabbi Mendy Hurwitz talks with Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano at last year’s Chabad of Yonkers/Greystone Jewish Center Purim party. (Credit: Robert Kalfus)

The Chabad Jewish Center/Greystone Jewish Center of Yonkers invites the community to its annual Purim celebration. The joyous Purim holiday commemorates the Jewish people’s victory in the year 356 BCE over the plot of the wicked Haman, viceroy of the Persian Empire, to destroy them. Purim starts Monday night, March 9, and continues through Tuesday, March 10.

Monday night, March 9, at 7:25 p.m., the public is invited to hear the reading of the Megilla. Additional copies of the Megilla will be provided with English translation. There is no charge and all are welcome to attend and to relive the miracle of Purim.

The annual Purim celebration starts March 10, late Tuesday afternoon, at 5 p.m., with this year’s theme being “Purim in Italy.” People are encouraged to dress in theme-appropriate costumes. Activities for children include face painting, a balloon artist, a magic show, and for adults, a wine and cheese tasting, provided by Yonkers own “The Cheese Guy” Brent Delman! The Megilla reading will precede a delicious kosher dairy Italian-style Purim buffet! Come dressed in Italian-themed costumes! A suggested donation of $18 per person; family: $54, and co-sponsorship is welcomed at $180, gold sponsor: $360. For more info or to RSVP, call (914) 963-8888 or visit Fun for the whole family!

Rabbi Mendy Hurwitz, director of the Chabad of Yonkers, welcomes all to the Purim celebration, saying, “We look forward to Purim all year long, as it is the most joyous day on the Jewish calendar! We celebrate the day with gifts of food, charity, reading the Book of Esther, dressing in masquerade and festive celebrations. We look forward to a joyous celebration!” Chabad of Yonkers is located at 600 N. Broadway, Yonkers.

Robert Kalfus can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 917  – 379-4165. 


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