Kol Haverim is a secular Jewish congregation in Ithaca, NY for those who desire non-theistic ways to celebrate their identity, culture and heritage.
Specifically, we offer:
Celebrations of Jewish holidays - the High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover, etc. for the whole family
Social, cultural and educational programs and experiences for adults
Jewish Cultural School classes for children, held eight Sundays per semester
A non-traditional way to affiliate with the Jewish community
An affirmation of our contemporary Jewish identity while preserving our connection to the past and linking us to the future
As winter becomes spring, Jews celebrate Purim, a joyous spring-welcoming festival that commemorates victory over anti-Semitism.
The holiday's name, "Purim," meaning "lots" or "dice," reminds us of how the evil character Haman drew lots to determine the fate of the Jews of Persia. According to the Book of Esther, were it not for the goodness and intervention of Esther and her uncle Mordecai in the court of King Ahasuerus, the Jews would have been exterminated by the king's advisor Haman. Purim became the joyous celebration of an epic Jewish victory over anti-Semitism and threatened annihilation.
In addition to celebrating the story of Esther during the festivities, people dress in costumes depicting the major characters of the story. During the telling of the story, the heroes are cheered and the villain, Haman, is booed and his name is drowned out by the sound of noise-makers or groggers.
Cultural School Purim Celibration is on Sunday March 16, 2014.