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The Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation Celebrates Purim


A Special Message from RIJC President, Nina Lublin:

The RIJC is the oldest, longest-serving active egalitarian congregation on RI, engaging the community for more than 40 years.   We are multi-generational, welcoming, & responsive to our unique Island population.   The Coronavirus Pandemic has not slowed us down, and since last March 20th, we have continued to celebrate Shabbats, the High Holidays, festivals & more holidays, child & family activities, many life-cycle events and more, virtually, via Zoom.

That spirit of service continues this Thursday, February 25 at 6:00 pm, with our annual, grand celebration of Purim, led by our Rabbi, Joel Shaiman.  Via Zoom, we will celebrate the holiday of Queen Esther with fun & parody, prayer and song, a costume parade, making Hamentashen, and a great new Purim play written, produced, directed, & starring our members & friends.  All the details are below, and also at our website, — please visit us.


Hi Everyone—  

Are You Ready?   PURIM 2021 / 5781 is here! 

Please join Rabbi Joel Shaiman & your RIJC for Purim, this Thursday evening, February 25 as we celebrate the holiday together via Zoom: 

6:00 pm — Join World-famous Pastry Chef Harriet Shaiman to complete your hamentaschen!

 ( Prepare the dough earlier, and take it out of the refrigerator by 5:30 pm. Please see the recipe at )

6:45 pm —  Pre-service get-together (as your hamentaschen are baking). 

7:00 pm —  Costume parade on Zoom… For Kids and Grown-Ups alike! 

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7:10 pm —  Evening Services Begin
 Queen Esther’s Gambit

7:20 pm —  Megillah Reading and Purim Shpiel:

Presented by the RIJC Purim Players — written, produced and starring the dynamic team of Mickey Rindler and Janet Falk.  Children & grownups of the RIJC complete the cast. 


Immediately following — Much Congregational singing, schmoozing and noshing… 

The ZOOM link information can be found at  

 We hope you will join us for the whole evening of celebration. 

Last Purim, March 9th, 2020, was the last time 40 of us were together, in person, in our Sanctuary. We look forward to the time we will all be together in person again.  In the meantime, come celebrate this great holiday with the RIJC, your friends & family.   

Please join us for Purim. Or perhaps for a Shabbat. Or Adult Education.  Or an upcoming Holiday or Festival…

Contact us at:     212-688-0003

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