Submitted by Julie Hunter 😊
February 25-26 brings us a Pandemic Purim. Purim usually finds the Jewish community of Whatcom County reading the whole Megillah (the Book of Esther) at Beth Israel Synagogue, retelling the story with a parody called the Purim Spiel, and dancing in costume to a klezmer band with breaks to eat triangular shaped cookies called Hamantaschen.
Purim, a celebration of Jewish survival in ancient Persia, is an occasion to give boxes of treats (mishloach manot) to dear ones , and to also provide food for the poor (mattanot la-evyonim).
This year families will connect over Zoom with each other and their congregations. We’ll still wear our silly costumes, bake our triangular cookies, and send each other boxes of treats. Trips to the food bank will be made. Next year, we’ll be holding hands, dancing, and singing as we celebrate another year of survival.