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. His plan is foiled by Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai, who ultimately save the Jews of the land from destruction. The reading of the megillah is typically a rowdy affair, punctuated by booing and noise-making when Haman’s name is read aloud.
At GCJC, Purim is an especially exciting holiday for us. A pizza party with outrageous costumes (you have to see the Rabbi’s costume!!!) followed by a raucous reading of the Megillah. Groggers are provided, but watch out for the Rabbi’s hammer. A must-experience holiday at GCJC. The religious school also has a fun-filled Purim carnival where the students get to play a bunch of fun home-made games.