Tonight, our Jewish neighbors will celebrate Purim, which reminds us to fight hate and bigotry in our communities with the same tenacity as Queen Esther. The Jewish community traditionally observes this holiday with costumes, eating candy, and sending gifts of mishloach manos (food baskets) to those who are less fortunate. Due to the pandemic, this Purim celebration will look different, but the holiday brings optimism that we can enjoy our gatherings. Wishing a safe and healthy Chag Purim Sameach to the Jewish community of District 45.