Purim Festival: North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation to celebrate with costumes, carnival, readings and service | SierraSun.com

Purim Festival: North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation to celebrate with costumes, carnival, readings and service

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TAHOE VISTA and#8212; North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation (NTHC) will celebrate the festival of Purim on Sunday, March 20, 4-7 p.m. The celebration will include Purim services, a play from the Religious School, a family friendly carnival with games and crafts. There will also be a carnival-themed meal with kosher and veggie hot dogs and all the fixings with Hamantaschen for dessert. The Religious School will host a Jewish book faire. Costumes are encouraged with everyone in costume receiving a prize.

The entire community is welcome to this fun vent. Jew and non-Jews alike are welcome to attend to celebrate the traditions of Purim. Tickets are $20 for the whole family or $5 per person and are available at the door. For questions or RSVP, contact Pam at pdickermn@yahoo.com or 650-906-4195.

Purim is a festive Jewish Holiday and a time of prizes, noisemakers, costumes and treats. Purim commemorates a major victory of the Jewish people over oppression in the ancient Persian Empire and is recounted in the story of Queen Ester. Under King Ahashuerus, Haman, the top advisor to the King, plots to exterminate all of the Jews in Persia. His plan is foiled by Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai, who ultimately save the Jews from destruction. At Purim this story it recounted. The reading is punctuated by booing and noise-making when Haman’s name is spoken.

Purim is celebrated on the 14th and 15th days of the Jewish month of Adar. In 2011 this is March 19 and 20.

Key observances during Purim include listening to the story of Purim, sending food and gifts to friends, giving charity to the poor and eating a festive meal. Other customs including dressing in costume, wearing masks and eating pastries called Hamantaschen. These cookies are shaped in triangles to resemble Haman’s hat.

The NTHC Purim celebration will retell the story of Queen Ester and these traditions. All are welcome.

North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation is located at 7000 Latone Ave. in Tahoe Vista. Visit http://www.tahoetemple.org or call 530-546-0895.

and#8212; Rabbi Anne Persin

WHAT: Family Friendly Purim Service, including plays from the Religious School, dinner, Hamantaschen, drinks and goodies, carnival and prizes

WHEN: Sunday, March 20, 2011 at the Temple, North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation, 7000 Latone Blvd., Tahoe Vista.

DRESS UP: Every costume gets a prize! Be the Queen, King, Haman/Villain and Mordecai/Hero

WHEN: Services: 4 p.m., carnival and dinner 5-7 p.m., suggested donation $5 per person or $20 per family

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