Purim is the joyous celebration of the Jewish people’s salvation from Haman - cue the boo’s. We are reminded of Queen Esther’s fierce bravery, how the Jewish people came together as one, and how we must remember to blot out the memory from Haman from the world and from inside ourselves. Each year we celebrate Purim by giving gifts to the poor, giving gifts to friends, hearing the story of Esther and enjoying a smashing good meal and party. This year, over 40 Wellesley alumnae across 9 cities came together to celebrate with a Purim inspired gathering!
In Arizona, Joy Zelmanovich '95 organized a mishloach manot making event to send to current Wellesley students. In Boston, Kim Gilbert '77 hosted alumnae from classes 1992-2013 for a Shabbat service and meal. In Efrat, Israel, Sarah Mclean Edri '92 hosted alumnae for a Shabbat meal at her home. In London, Maggie Thurer '91 hosted alumnae for a Shabbat meal at her home. In New York City, Leslie Creutzfeldt Wolf '78 hosted a potluck and discussed how the story of Queen Esther continues to inspire and fascinate current generations. In Palm Beach, alumnae from classes 1956 to 1981 joined Wendy Zoberman '81 at her home for a Shabbat meal and enjoyed yummy hamantaschen. In Philadelphia, Sarah Mohtes-Chan '11 hosted alumnae for a shabbat dinner. In Tel Aviv, Heather Stone '85 hosted local and traveling alumnae at her home for a Shabbat meal. And in Washington, DC, Avis Diamond Miller '66 hosted alumnae from classes 1966 to 2008 for a Shabbat meal and lively discussion.
If you are excited to host a Shabbat Across the Miles or community gathering in your area, please email WJAPresident@alum.wellesley.edu for more information.