Harlem’s Jewish history dates back to the Harlem Renaissance when large numbers of Eastern European Jews immigrated to the neighborhood.  Today, Harlem continues to honor its past, by celebrating its cultural diversity.

As part of this celebration, the Bloomingdale Branch of the New York Library (150 West 100th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues) will be hosting a fun-filled day of mask decorating and celebrations to teach kids about the customs and culture behind the Jewish holiday, Purim. The “Celebrate Purim!” event will take place on Monday, March 7 at 4pm.

The traditional Jewish holiday – officially on March 14this year – commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people from their enemies in ancient Persia, as recorded in the biblical Book of Esther. As is customary with most Jewish holidays, Purim begins the evening before, on March 13, and continues throughout the following day. The holiday is celebrated by reading scriptures from the Book of Esther, sending out gifts of food to family and friends, and holding carnival-like celebrations.

Presented by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, “Celebrate Purim!” will give kids a chance to explore the history behind Purim as well as engage in festive arts and crafts. “Celebrate Purim!” welcomes children between the ages of six and 12, as well as parents, teachers, educators, library supporters, and families. This event requires pre-registration. Register either in person or call the library at 212-222-8030.