Purim is the most festive of Jewish holidays, a time of prizes, noisemakers, costumes and treats.
The Festival of Purim commemorates a major victory over oppression, and is recounted in
the Megillah, the scroll of the story of Esther.
On Monday, March 9th corresponding to the Hebrew date of 13th Adar 5769, at 6:30pm,
The Purim Festivities started in earnest at our Sanctuary.
We started with a brief evening service, followed by the Megillah reading.
At this point, Ms. Mare Contrare, with the cast of our Hebrew School kids
delighted everyone with her unique way of presenting the Purim story.
This year Mare used a kind of Split-Screen Idea. On one side of the stage/Bimah, a grandfather telling the story to his grandaughter, while on the other side of the stage, the events were actually being played out, a truly enjoyable experience.
For the benefit of guests and people not familar with the Purim Drama, Dr. John Kreinces
then gave a short summary of it accompanied by the noise of graggers and boos
every time the name of Haman was mentioned.
Another fun part of the evening, was the Costume Contest.
Many participated and the winners were called by the kids...Rich and Penny Maun.
The Party continued in the Social Hall with everyone enjoying a great selection of Hamantashen
and other pastries prepared by our Rebetzen Nadia and her wonderful crew of Volunteers.
Amazingly, all of this happy event was finished before 8PM
allowing people to enjoy the rest of their evening.
Our Thanks to:
Mare for her great work with the kids and to our Rebetzen and her intrepid volunteers
who worked for long ours and baked an incredible 1,500 Hamantashen,
that were sold like hot cakes to raise funds for our Shul.
Thanks to all of those who came and made the Purim experience in our Synagogue so enjoyable.
Rabbi Dudai and President Fred Covan
Bekka and Sam in the skit
Costumes always add to the festive nature of Purim
More pictures to come...