The Jewish festival of Purim will be celebrated with an African twist as Chabad of Union County holds its annual Purim Celebration on March 8, 2012. The African-themed party will offer a unique way for Jews of diverse affiliations and backgrounds to unite and celebrate Purim together.
Attendees are encouraged to dress in African garb. The traditional Megillah reading will be accompanied by a multi-media slide show illustrating the historical events of Purim. To drown out the name of the wicked adversary Haman, children will enthusiastically jump on gigantic bubble wrap and shake graggers (noisemakers).
All in attendance will enjoy an elaborate kosher African cuisine. The synagogue hall will be creatively decorated to provide an African style atmosphere. A highlight of the party will be the African drum circle led by Mark Wood of Wood ‘n Drums. The interactive circle will be enjoyed by adults and children alike. Drumming is an ancient musical tradition that many cultures around the world use to energize, build unity, focus attention, relax and heighten creativity. No musical experience is necessary to join us! With a few rhythm starters, our group will experience the fun, excitement and humor that collaboration brings.
The event will be held Thursday evening, March 8th starting with Megillah Reading at 5 pm followed by African themed dinner and entertainment at 5:30 pm. The event will take place at the Chabad Jewish Center of Union County, 193 South Avenue in Fanwood. The event is $10 per person and $36 per family. Be an event sponsor for $180. Reservations and payments can be made at www.ChabadUC.com or by calling our office at (908)790-0008. For questions or to learn more about this or any other Chabad event call our office or e-mail malky@chabadUC.com.