Congregation Tifereth Israel in Greenport is inviting community residents and visitors to join with its membership in the observance of the Jewish holiday of Purim on March 24.

The Biblical story of Queen Esther will be read, followed by a social hour consisting of hamantaschen, the
filled, tri-cornered confection traditionally served for the holiday.

The Scroll of Esther recounts the Biblical narrative in which Esther, the queen, saves the Jewish people from the evil Haman, the king’s advisor, who plotted to exterminate all the Jews in Persia. When Esther pleaded with the king for the salvation of her people, the king reversed the decree and hanged the evil Haman for his plot.

Purim is considered a joyous holiday. During the reading of the Scroll of Esther, listeners spin loud noisemakers, called groggers, each time Haman’s name is mentioned. Many of those attending dress in costumes to celebrate the king and the queen and other characters in the ancient tale.

Hamantaschen, loosely translated as Haman’s hats, are tri-cornered baked goods, filled with fruits and poppy seeds, which legend says were Queen Esther’s favorites.

The event will be held on Sunday, March 24 at 11 a.m. at the synagogue, at 519 Fourth Street, immediately south of the intersection of Fourth and Front Streets in Greenport. The reading will take place in the historic sanctuary of the synagogue, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Rabbi Gadi Capela, spiritual leader of the congregation, will lead the service.

For more information, call the synagogue at 631.477.0232.

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