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Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley

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A welcoming and giving reform congregation committed to social justice, on-going learning, vibrant spirituality, diversity and the State of Israel
Yom Rishon, 4 Tishri 5778



Mishloah Manot (Purim Secret Gift Basket Exchange)

Misloah Manot means "sending of portions", traditionally the giving of baskets of food as a way of sending gifts to friends, neighbors, relatives, community members.

A new tradition at Temple Emanuel, this exchange has become very popular.

Baskets can be personalized to suit the tastes of the person/family you are sending it to.  It can be as simple or creative as you choose.  This activity is about the spirit of giving and NOT about breaking the bank! We additionally organize a secret gift basket exchange.  Our goal is for every member of our community to receive a basket.  In order to participate (both receive and give a basket) please fill out a very brief questionnaire available in the Temple lobby and here on the website in early 2015.


Our Wild and Free, Family-Friendly Purim Celebration begins with a Purim Service followed by our own Outlandish Megillah Reading & then our Outrageous Shpiel.  The festivities continue with a Costume Parade & Purim Carnival (Carnival led by our Youth Group) – with booths, games, prizes!  THE Purim family-friendly evening not to be missed, don't forget to dress your whole family in costume!  And, of course, Hammentaschen!

Our Purim festivities are usually held on or near the day of Purim.

Purim 2016 Flyer

Purim is celebrated by the reading of the Scroll of Esther

in Purim
Purim is celebrated by the reading of the Scroll of Esther, known in Hebrew as the Megillat Esther, which relates the basic story of Purim. Under the rule of King Ahashuerus, Haman, the King's prime minister, plots to exterminate all of the Jews of Persia.…