Los Alamos Jewish Community Celebrates Purim

Tiny tiger Linnea Stange and mom Sy Stange were at the Jewish Center Wednesday for a party prior to the annual Purim Service. Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. It commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination. The Purim story is told in the Book of Esther, which is read during the Purim Service. Esther, the Jewish queen married to the king of Persia saves her people from extermination at the hand of the scheming counselor Hamin. It is customary to hold carnival-like celebrations on Purim. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
Hamentaschen are traditionally served at Purim. They are triangular-shaped pastries that resemble the three-cornered hat Hamin is supposed to have worn. Photo by David Sigeti
Purim Services are fun for kids because they include raucous audience participation. The congregation cheers the heros and boos the villians during the reading of the Book of Esther. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
A little dragon plays with his school bus prior to the pizza party that began Purim at the Jewish Center. Jewish holidays begin and end at sundown, so Purim began Wednesday evening and ended Thursday evening. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com