Purim in Israel Brings Purim to Life in Gainesville

March 1st Purim celebration to feature Caricaturist

Create sand art in the Negev Desert, pray at the Western Wall, enjoy delicious Israeli falafel and Shwarma while enjoying Israeli music at this year’s Purim celebration. “Purim in Israel” is Chabad of Greater Gainesville’s creative twist to this year’s community celebration of Purim, the holiday commemorating the Jewish people’s salvation in Persia of old. The festivities will be held at the Virginia Oaks Golf Club on March 1st.

Billed as the most joyous date on the Jewish calendar, the daylong holiday commemorates the nullification in 356 B.C.E. of a Persian decree calling for the extermination of the Jewish people throughout the Persian Empire as told in the biblical Book of Esther. Chabad’s original spin on this age-old holiday brings the spirit of Purim to Gainesville for it’s third year.

“We are excited to bring the unique Israeli flavor to our Purim celebration this year.” said Rabbi Shmuly Perlstein, Rabbi of Chabad of Greater Gainesville & Manassas. “Israel is a country always on our hearts and mind, and Purim in Israel will help bring the Jewish homeland experience to Gainesville”

The event is a community-wide program, and all are welcome to join, regardless of Jewish affiliation or background. Participants will enjoy Israeli themed activities & food.

In addition, the celebration will feature holiday sand art, a caricaturist and a child-friendly reading of the Book of Esther, known in Hebrew as the Megillah.

“The event is focused primarily on spirit, fun, and tradition.” says Rabbi Shmuly, “everyone is sure to have a great time!”

In the spirit of Purim, participants are encouraged to come in costume.

Event Recap:

What: Purim in Israel
Where: Virginina Oaks Golf Club
When: March 1st at 5:00pm
Cost: Free admission, Donations recommended

What is the holiday of Purim?

The festival of Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar. It begins this year after sundown on March 11 and ends at nightfall on March 12. The holiday commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in Ancient Persia from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day.” It is observed by public readings of the Megillah, or Scroll of Esther, to recount the story of the Purim miracle, sending food gifts to friends, giving gifts of money to the poor and enjoying a festive Purim meal.

For more information on Purim festivities or on the holiday of Purim and its observances, contact Chabad of Greater Gainesville & Manassas at 571.445.0342 , email rabbi@chabadgainesville.com or visit our website at www.ChabadGainesville.com/purim.

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