Happy Purim!
Join us for Purim
at Chabad Lubavitch of Rockland
Thursday night, February 25 - Friday, February 26, 2021
Rabbi's Message

Dear Friends,

It's almost one year since last Purim when we first started to hear the news about the Coronavirus. At the time, none of us could fathom how drastically this would change our lives. 

Without going into detail, this year has been an extremely challenging one for everyone. And now we are approaching the festival of Purim once again.

While the vaccine has provided some level of a (cautious) sigh of relief, the threat of this virus still remains quite potent. 

With this in mind, we are approaching this year's Purim celebrations with great caution and it will certainly be a more subdued and toned down Purim.

The good news is that we will be able to gather safely and hear the Megillah - the highlight Mitzvah of Purim. (For those in the high-risk category, please consult with your doctor before participating in any types of gatherings.)

At Chabad of Rockland we will have two readings; one in the evening and one in the morning during Shacharit. 

All Megillah Readings will have limited attendance to allow for social distancing and all attendees are required to RSVP in advance. Seating will be assigned. 

There will be a door prize for every child in costume, a Purim slide show and special treats for the children to help them sit quietly.
We will also have refreshments following the Megillah reading to take home with you. 

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a Happy, Healthy and Safe Purim!

Rabbi Avremel & Chany Kotlarsky
Rabbi Simcha & Simmy Morgenstern


Megillah Readings

Thursday Night // Feb. 25

Following the Evening Services: 6:15 pm

Friday // Feb. 26

During our Morning Service: 9:00 am


Food Gifts to Friends

On Purim we emphasize the importance of Jewish unity and friendship by sending gifts of food to friends.

On Purim day, Feb. 26, send a gift of at least two kinds of ready-to-eat foods (e.g., pastry, fruit, beverage) to at least one friend. Men should send to men, and women to women. It is preferable that the gifts be delivered via a third party. Children, in addition to sending their own gifts of food to their friends, make enthusiastic messengers.

Giving to the Needy
One of Purim’s primary themes is Jewish unity. Haman tried to kill us all, we were all in danger together, so we celebrate together too. Hence, on Purim day we place special emphasis on caring for the less fortunate.

Give money or food to at least two needy people during the daylight hours of Purim, Feb. 26. In case you can’t find any needy people, your synagogue will likely be collecting money for this purpose. At least, place two coins in a charity box earmarked for the poor.

On Purim, we give a donation to whoever asks; we don’t verify his or her bank balance first.

As with the other mitzvahs of Purim, even small children should fulfill this mitzvah.