Megillah, mishloach manot, matanot l’evyonim. Oh my! Sometimes it can feel like Purim has enough mitzvos to keep us busy for a week. Yet we need to fulfill them all in one jam-packed day. Chabad of the Five Towns helps ease the stress and raise the fun with schedules and activities geared for the whole community.

Firstly, feel free to spare yourself midnight battles with cellophane by participating in Chabad’s mishloach manot project. By participating for $65, you receive a gift basket that you will enjoy, while helping Chabad at the same time. Note that to fulfill the mitzvah, you do need to send one other package but the package from Chabad covers a large distribution list. Chabad can also help you fulfill the requirement of matanos l’evyonim, gifts to the poor, which is an often overlooked but crucial part of the Purim mitzvah.

The real fun begins on March 15, with Chabad hosting a mega Megillah reading for all ages at HAFTR High School 8:15 p.m. With separate rooms for each age group and gifts for the children, everyone can enjoy a meaningful reading. The readings are followed by the Ridiculous Jugglers.

It can be hard to stick to a clock on such a busy day, so Chabad opens up its Cedarhurst building, 74 Maple Avenue, as a Purim center with Megillah readings every hour on the hour March 15 through midnight and March 16 11:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m., with earlier readings following each Shacharis minyan 7:00—10:00 a.m.

Finally, after a full day of driving around noshing, everyone can settle in to a real seudah, complete with circus-themed entertainment for the children. Reservation required. $35 per adult, $25 per child.

Visit or call 516-295-2478 about any of the above programs. Marbim b’simchah! v


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