Purim 5778

Taanit Esther: Wednesday, February 28,  2018

Fast of Esther begins   5:23 AM

Shacharit            6:10 AM

Mincha & Maariv         5:40 PM

Fast ends           6:40 PM

Purim Night: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Please bring boxes of pasta (or even Wacky Mac) to use for your Purim grogger/food donation for the annual Purim Pasta Grogger donation to Tzedakah.  After hearing the Megillah, please place your pasta boxes in the large box located in the Berman Atrium.

The schedule for the evening is as follows: All Megillah readings begin at 6:40 PM.

  • Megillah Reading (Epstein Sanctuary)

  • Halachic Interactive Family Service (Abramson Right Side) Join our Shlicha Rena Ableman, Rabbi Antine, and surprise guests for lots of Purim fun! This new and improved interactive reading (by Nat Lewin) will include sound effects, funny hats, acting, and much more. Kids’ participation is encouraged. Right after the Megillah reading, there will be a costume parade for all the kids to show their costumes and some fun games.

  • Women’s Megillah Reading (w/artistic explanation)  (Bobrow Chapel-for women only). The Megillah will be read by women in the community, and each chapter will be accompanied by an artistic interpretation of the story projected on a screen.

  • Sephardic Reading (Herschel Hall)  

  • This year’s NCSY Teen Megillah Reading & Purim Party 2018 is a 70's Disco skating night! 70's dress is requested. The event will include bussing from Potomac and Kemp Mill to arrive at the rink in Laurel. There will be Megillah reading at the rink, and we will have all you can eat Chinese food!! The cost is $25. More details to follow. Sign up here for $25, and paying at the door will cost $29.


  • Purim Day: Thursday, March 1, 2018

6:00 AM & 9:00 AM - Shacharit

6:30 AM and 9:30 AM - Reading of Megillah

9:30 AM - Women’s Megillah Reading     

4:00 PM  - Early  Mincha at Rabbi Antine’s home

5:40 PM - Mincha & Maariv

4:00-7:00 PM: Purim BBQ Seudah at the Antine home (11800 Seven Locks Road). Come for the whole Seudah or just stop by to say ‘Hi” and have a L’chaim. Wings, hot dogs, hamburgers, and veggie options. We will start with mincha at 4:00 PM. Ruach and merriment will be abundant; we only ask you bring a D’var Torah! (even a super short one!) Extra spirits/beer/wine (mevushal) always appreciated! Don’t miss the special kids Purim show at 5:00 PM. If street parking runs out, you can park in the shul parking lot and walk over.

Some Important Halachot:

  • Megillah Reading: All adults are required to hear every word of the Megillah both in the evening and in the morning. The Shehechiyanu bracha said in the morning megillah reading applies to all of the mitzvot of the day: The Purim Seudah, Matanot L’Evyonim (gifts to the poor) and Mishloach Manot. These three mitzvot must be fulfilled during Purim day.

  • Mishloach Manot: One is obligated to give a gift to at least one person, with at least two ready-to-eat foods. A person in their year of mourning should not receive Mishloach Manot, but is obligated to give.

  • Matanot L’Evyonim: The mitzvah of giving gifts to the poor on Purim is of great importance, and though you may choose to give your tzedakah to whomever you like, remember that Jewish law requires that the poor receive the money on Purim itself. Here are some suggested ways to do this mitzvah:
    Rabbi Antine’s Tzedakah Fund
    Yad Yehuda of Greater Washington Matanot L’Evyonim Fund
    Leket Israel

  • Purim Seudah: The Purim Seudah should be a full meal, including washing, eating bread and doing Birkat HaMazon. Some have the custom to drink extra at the middle, to 'not know the difference between Haman and Mordechai.' Remember that alcohol may not be served to minors. Please be safe, and please note that is halachically forbidden to drive while drunk.