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Join Paterson Shul on Purim This Year

Last year we had the pleasure and privilege of visiting the Paterson Shul on Purim to listen to the megilla reading. We made the decision based on the fact that we knew that the shuls in our community would be well attended at each of their minyanim. After experiencing a warm welcome as we appeared in our costumes, we decided that we would try to muster up a “crowd” for this year. In the interim we realized that we will be in Eretz Yisrael this year, celebrating Purim in several different cities. We would like to invite as many people as possible to step several feet out of their comfort zones and bring friends and family to at least one of the megilla readings in Paterson. The delight on the faces of the members of the shul is well worth the effort and will teach our children the importance of doing mitzvot for others.

On Wednesday evening, March 20, at 7:30 p.m., Rabbi Abe Weintraub will give a quick Purim shpiel and megilla reading.

On Thursday morning, March 21, at 9 a.m., Shacharit (with tefillin for the men) will be held, followed by megilla and a free seudah upstairs for all in the social hall. Purim shpiel will be presented by a guest rabbi. How special it would be if local children would attend the megilla reading with their parents and then perform songs, readings or whatever else they choose. It would be greatly appreciated by the members.

The residents who live in the 10-story apartment complex come from many backgrounds, including American, Russian, Israeli, Lithuanian, Latvian, Canadian, “Fairlawnian” and “Patersonian.”

A few more Jewish residents have moved into the facility since last Purim. Additionally, young couples are moving into nearby Elmwood Park and the Paterson shul is the closest shul distance-wise. If only there was an eruv in the area.

Consider bringing your children, friends and family for a “different” Purim experience, where the true feeling of marbim b’simcha can be shared with the once-vibrant shul. You will give and you will gain and you will be back in your local communities in time to resume all festivities.

The Paterson Shul is located at 510 East 27th Street (the corner of 12th Avenue), with no meters/free street parking.

By Nina Glick

 

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