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Brianna Pure of South Whitehall and Thalia Levine of Allentown celebrate Purim in costume and eat fruit and hamentashen.PRESS PHOTOS BY ANITA HIRSCH Brianna Pure of South Whitehall and Thalia Levine of Allentown celebrate Purim in costume and eat fruit and hamentashen.PRESS PHOTOS BY ANITA HIRSCH
Waiting to show the kids how to solve the Rubik’s Cube are JCC Executive Director Eric Lightman and Camp JCC Director Mike Smith, of Allentown. Waiting to show the kids how to solve the Rubik’s Cube are JCC Executive Director Eric Lightman and Camp JCC Director Mike Smith, of Allentown.
Oren Fleish of South Whitehall, dressed as spiderman, is enjoying a dish of ice cream before he put his mask back on. Oren Fleish of South Whitehall, dressed as spiderman, is enjoying a dish of ice cream before he put his mask back on.
Sam Ford, with his puppet, Slappy, entertains the crowd at the Purim celebration.PRESS PHOTOS BY ANITA HIRSCH Sam Ford, with his puppet, Slappy, entertains the crowd at the Purim celebration.PRESS PHOTOS BY ANITA HIRSCH
Youth Advisor Heather Levitt, and Dale Berkove, president of the LEVUSY Youth Group show one of the many boxes of hamentashen, the popular cookie made for Purim. Members of the youth group made hamentashen and sold them as a fundraiser for the organization. Youth Advisor Heather Levitt, and Dale Berkove, president of the LEVUSY Youth Group show one of the many boxes of hamentashen, the popular cookie made for Purim. Members of the youth group made hamentashen and sold them as a fundraiser for the organization.

Temple Beth El, Congregation Brith Sholom Families celebrate Purim

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by ANITA HIRSCH Special to The Press in Local News

Members of Temple Beth El, South Whitehall, and Congregation Brith Sholom, Bethlehem, recently celebrated Purim.

The congregations, of which many members wore festive costumes, came together to read the Book of Esther and joyfully use their noisemakers for the Jewish holiday.

Purim celebrates the victory of the Jewish community in Persia, led by Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai, over a plot, formulated by Prime Minister Haman and King Ahashuerus, to murder the Jews.

Esther convinced the king not to proceed with Haman’s plan.

In commemoration of this joyful event, Jews wear colorful costumes, play games and eat, especially hamentashen, a triangular-shaped, pocket-filled cookie.

Usual fillings include poppy seeds or fruits such as raspberry, raisins, apple and cherry, or chocolate.

Additional photos appear on Page A5.