Join FDN at the Ithaca Purim Celebration, March 12
Community Wide Celebration of Purim on Sunday, March 12th
Many of the Jewish organizations in Ithaca are coming together this year to celebrate Purim and to share the holiday with the entire community. The carnival will take place at The Space at GreenStar on Sunday, March 12th from 2:30 to 5:30 PM. Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. It commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in ancient Persia were saved from extermination by Queen Esther. The story is recorded in the bible and read every year along with many other festive activities. On March 12th, Ithaca is invited to learn about the holiday and enjoy its traditions. They include dressing in costume, playing carnival games and having good things to eat. Organizers of the event include Congregation Tikkun v’Or, the Ithaca Area United Jewish Community and Temple Beth El. Entertainment will include belly dancing, a magician, a balloon artist and live music by the Cornell Middle Eastern Music Ensemble. The Megillah (the story of Esther) will be read in Hebrew several times during the festivities by Rabbi Josh Krisch of Ithaca College Chabad. There will be a bouncy house for the children as well as a quiet area with storybooks from the PJ Library program.
A traditional part of Purim is helping people in need. To this end, all proceeds from admissions will go to support the work of Ithaca’s Friendship Donations Network and its Women’s Opportunity Center, as well as the American Jewish World Service. The Friendship Donations Network will be supervising a food project, where attendees can write personal greetings and decorate bags of groceries, which will be distributed to local families in need. Admission to the festival is $5 per person and $10 per family.
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