Temple Adas Israel has been celebrating Purim this year with a donation drive to provide boxed lunches to children in need.
The goal is to help 60 students who attend Sag Harbor Elementary School, according to an announcement from the temple's social justice committee. Donors are asked to "sponsor" boxed lunches, at $18 per lunch. The committee will purchase the necessary foods, and the temple's teen group will assemble them into the boxes.
The goal is "to give a child not only food but also love and friendship from their neighbors at Temple Adas Israel," the committee said in its announcement.
Purim is a joyful holiday that commemorates the divine salvation of the Jewish people living in the Persian empire in the fourth century B.C.E., after the prime minister ordered the execution of all Jews, as recounted in the Book of Esther. Purim is usually observed by giving gifts of money and food to those in need.
Contributions can be shared online by first visiting this link. Where the drop-down menu appears, a donor should choose "Social Justice Committee" and enter "PURIM LUNCH BOX" in the space where the option to "type in specifics of donation here" appears.