The Union County Torah Center will present the following family  programs this coming Holiday of Purim. 

Sunday, March 8 at 11 a.m., the Torah Center will have a pre-Purim hamantash bake at the center, 111 Laurel Place in Westfield. Children will put on aprons, take out rolling pins and bake some of the most delicious hamantashen ever tasted to take home. (fee $5 per child) Reservations preferred @www.torahcenterchabad.orginfo@torahcenterchabad, or 908-789-5252.

Sunday, March 8, at 5 p.m., there will be a Purim Story & Crafts hour at Barnes & Noble, 1180 Raritan Road, Clark. Children will enjoy a story-telling session followed by a creative Purim crafts. There is no fee for this program. For more information or to RSVP, please call 908-789-5252, email info@torahcenterchabad.org or register online at www.torahcenterchabad.org.

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On Monday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. there will be a Megillah reading followed by Hamantashen & L’chaim open to the public free of charge.

Tuesday morning, March 10, at 8:45 AM, the Torah Center will have another Megillah reading, as it is a Mitzvah to hear it being read on Purim day as well. 

Tuesday, March 10, the Torah Center will host a family Purim Celebration

From 5 p.m. — 6 p.m. there will be a Family Purim Celebration that includes a pizza dinner, Masquerade contest (grand prize for best costume/prize for everyone in costume), Magic Show with Magic Mordechai and balloon twisting.  At 6 p.m. there will be a multimedia Megillah reading.

Thanks to an anonymous donor the fee is $10/family.

At 7:00 pm there will be a Purim Dinner followed by comedy show by Comic Mark (Mordechai) Brier.

There is a fee of $25 per adult and $15 per child. Sponsorships are available for $180. RSVP by March 18.

All the programs are at the center, 111 Laurel Place, Westfield NJ open to the public and everyone is welcome. For more information please call the center at 908-789-5252 or email info@torahcenterchabad.org or register online at www.torahcenterchabad.org.

Rabbi Levi Block of the Center explained that there are four mitzvot that we are obligated to fulfill on Purim:

· It is a mitzvah to hear the Megillah read both on Purim evening and the following day.  

· On Purim we emphasize the importance of Jewish unity and friendship by sending gifts of food to friends.  Send a gift of at least two kinds of ready-to-eat foods (for example, pastry, fruit, and beverage), to at least one friend on Purim day, which this year is Tuesday, March 10.                                                       

· Concern for the needy is a year-round responsibility for the Jew.  On Purim, particularly, it is a special mitzvah to remember the poor.  Give charity to at least two, but preferably more, needy individuals on Purim day.  Giving directly to the needy best fulfills the mitzvah.  If, however, you cannot find poor people, place at least several coins into ‘pushkas’ (charity boxes).  Even small children should fulfill this mitzvah.

· We celebrate Purim with a special festive meal on Purim day when family and friends gather together to rejoice in the Purim spirit.