Congregation Tifereth Israel

2021 Mishloach Manot

Shalom Everyone!

Difficult as it is to believe, the festival of Purim is so soon! Even with the reality that we will be celebrating together virtually, we are extremely excited about our communal Purim celebration.

Mishloach Manot

One of the mitzvot of Purim is mishloach manot, the mitzvah of sending a bag or basket of food to family and friends. People send hamentaschen, fruits, candy, even little bottles of grape juice and other assorted items. Whatever a person might choose to send, it makes the recipient feel appreciated and loved. This year especially, we know how important it is for all of us to feel this love and connection to one another so we invite you to be part of our communal sending of mishloach manot, and to help us make this a successful fundraiser for Tifereth Israel as well! We would like to thank Arnie Good and Lisa Newmark for supporting this project so generously and making sure it will be a success!

Here’s how it works:

  • You should have received an email from us via happypurim.com (be sure to check your spam filter in case it doesn’t appear in your inbox). That email will contain your personalized login code, which you can use along with the first three letters of your last name to login to the website and start sending mishloach manot.
  • As you’ll see when you access the website, you can choose individuals or specific groups. You can also choose the “reciprocity” option to make sure that if someone chooses to send to you, you automatically send back to them.
  • Once you’ve made your selections, you’ll click “continue” and enter your payment information. The amount you pay is based on the following:
    • 1-20 families – $6 per family
    • 21 families and higher – $5 per family
    • Entire congregation – $360
    • If you choose to send to one of our groups, you’ll be charged a flat rate for that entire group, which varies by the size of the group.

We have tried our very best to make this process as simple as possible but questions will certainly come up. Our program director, Rebecca Haimowitz-King, is available to help, and can be reached at rhaimowitz@tiferethisrael.org. If you prefer to order over the phone, please call Rebecca at 614-928-3287. The deadline to send mishloach manot is February 14th.

Purim Photo Fun

Of course another mitzvah of Purim is reading the Book of Esther which we’ll do on Zoom on Thursday evening, Feb. 25. As we do so, we would like to share pictures of our members acting out parts of the story. We have divided the book into 25 scenes which are listed here. We hope you’ll sign up for one and then join us for services to see your picture!

We’ll have more information coming soon with more fun Purim activities for us to share together. We are looking forward to celebrating Purim with all of you. Thank you in advance for being part of our Mishloach Manot plans!

Happy Purim,

Rabbi Hillel and Rabbi Alex