Purim Celebration

From March 01, 2018 6:00 pm until March 01, 2018 9:00 pm
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Purim Celebration: in Jewish color!

You are invited to a traditionally irreverent celebration of Purim, hosted by the Community of Living Traditions Jewish Cohort.

Thursday, March 1, 7–10pm
@ Stony Point Center
17 Cricketown Road, Stony Point NY

Purim, which falls on the full moon, remembers the narrow escape from genocide of the Jewish people living in the Persian Empire, as described in the Book of Esther. This "underdog victory" is celebrated with costumes and silly games, a reading the megillah of Esther, and the eating of Haman's hat in the form of a cookie called a" Hamantashen." 

Our evening will include:
* Games (Twister, Win Lose or Draw, and more)
* Karaoke
* Best costume contest (PLEASE REMEMBER: Be respectful! Cultures AREN’T Costumes!)
* The telling of the story of Esther (see below)

Themes emphasized include:
* things not being what they seem to be
* standing up for yourself
* retaliation vs justice
* breaking up 
* falling in love

The event is free and open to all. Kids and their adults welcome!!

Guests are welcome to come early and eat dinner at the SPC Dining Hall for $15. 
RSVPs & questions to Asher: 845-786-5674 or asher.joy.lilian.menashe@gmail.com

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The Jewish holiday of Purim celebrates the narrow escape from genocide of the Jewish people living in the Persian Empire, as described in the Book of Esther. A festival of frivolity and laughter, Purim often includes costumes and gifts as the joy of the seemingly impossible victory is reveled in. It always falls on the Full Moon, which this year is February 28 - March 1.

After being orphaned and adopted, the lovely and intelligent Esther had risen to become Queen of Persia despite her hidden Jewish heritage. From this position of power she was able to reveal and foil the plot of the King's chief minister, Haman. The word 'purim' means 'lots' and refers to the lottery that Haman used to choose the date for the massacre. The joyous victory is celebrated with reading the megillah of Esther, costumes and frivolity, including the eating of Haman's hat in the form of a cookie shaped like a triangle called a" Hamantashen." Purim provides a powerful role model for women, and has prompted many reflections on the role of female beauty and intelligence in challenging oppressive structures.