Jewish organizations celebrate Purim in Midwood
Across New York City, Jewish organizations are coming together to celebrate with their annual Purim carnival.
Purim is a joyous holiday that commemorates a period when Jews in Persia successfully resisted oppression.
The celebration in Midwood was filled with Jewish music and hand-built carnival games, but the tone of this annual carnival was a bit different this year.
Amid a nationwide increase in hate crimes, the Jewish organizations hosting the festivities are embracing social justice themes and including activities to highlight the need to stand up for immigrant rights.
Families also came together to march to state Sen. Simcha Felder's office to urge him to support several pieces of proposed state legislation including the New York State Liberty Act, Dream Act, drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants, and legislation to raise the age of adult prosecution.
Organizers say they hope the children will grasp how important it is to stand together with their neighbors, love and protect one another, and resist oppression in all forms.