SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, nk -- On Sunday, February 22, volunteers from the Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains prepared gift bags with groggers, treats and traditional hamentashen cookies to be delivered to the entire congregation before the Jewish holiday of Purim.  This year’s gift bags featured reusable backpacks with Congregation Beth Israel’s logo.

Congregation Beth Israel’s Sisterhood also donated hamentashen for Purim to residents of AristaCare at Cedar Oaks, a nursing home in South Plainfield.

Purim celebrates the perseverance of the Jewish people who lived in the ancient kingdom of Persia. The Persian king’s advisor, Haman, planned to exterminate the Jews, but his plan was foiled by the beautiful Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai. Purim will be observed on Wednesday, March 4.