PHOTOS: A Community Purim Celebration hosted by the Canton Chai Center
The Purim festivities took place on Sunday at Canton High School.
“Purim in the Shtetl” was this year’s theme for the Purim celebration sponsored by the Canton Chai Center, 900 Washington Street in Canton.
Every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar the festival of Purim, which means "lots" is celebrated. This year it begins after sundown on Saturday, Feb 23 and ends at nightfall on Feb 24.
Over 2436 years ago in Ancient Persia a man named Hamon had a plot to destroy and annihilate all the Jewish people, young and old, infants and women in a single day. The holiday of Purim commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people from Ancient Persia.
It is observed by public readings of the Megillah also known as the Scroll of Esther, to recount the story of the Purim miracle, sending food gifts to friends, giving gifts of money to the poor and enjoying a festive Purim meal.
The Canton Chai Center is dedicated to providing the warmth of Judasim to all, regardless of Jewish background or affiliation.
For more information or to contact the Canton Chai Center: CantonChaiCenter@yahoo.com or 781-821-227
Here is a photo gallery of the celebration.