Jewish congregation celebrating Purim

The Jewish Congregation of Maui will celebrate the festival of Purim after sunset at 7:45 p.m. Saturday.

Purim celebrates the Jewish people surviving the genocidal plans of the Persian tyrant, Haman, who wished to annihilate all the Jews of Persia in its 127 provinces, according to an announcement. To honor the memory of the Persian Jews in strife, Jews around the world refrain from food and drink on the day leading up to the celebration. This day is known as “The Fast of Esther,” and this year the morning to evening fast occurred Thursday.

There will be a contemporary reading of the Megillah by the congregation’s Jewish School of Maui children. That will be followed by a Purim movie made by the children. At 9:30 a.m. Sunday, there will be Shacharit/morning service followed by a traditional reading of Torah and the Megillah. Those attending are encouraged to come dressed in costume and bring mishloach manot, or small baskets of food to give to friends and acquaintances.

Through April 8, the congregation is collecting packaged and canned foods for the Maui Food Bank. Items may be dropped off at the synagogue. Recommended items include canned meat, tuna, fruits, vegetables, meals and soups with protein as well as cereals, rice and pasta. Financial contributions also may be made to the Maui Food Bank.

The Jewish Congregation at Beit Shalom Synagogue is at 634 Alulike St. in Kihei.

For more information, call the synagogue office at 874-5397 or send email to