Thursday, March 23, 2017

Purim Party & Cookie Baking Day

As promised, today I'm sharing photos from our Purim celebration.  Sherry, one of our talented young women did the planning and decorating for the party.  She, along with LaVonne, Jennifer, Amy, and Brenda did it ALL!  Rabbi Jem and I just showed up. Then when it was over, we were told to go home while they cleaned up!  What a blessing, and so much JOY!

Here are a few photos of the beautiful room:

Rabbi loved that scepter, as you can see below:

He had a great time horsing around with it all evening.

We had a full house for the fabulous meal.  We had hot dogs (Rabbi's favorite) with all the fixings, fresh fruits and vegies, hamentaschen and other goodies:

The play about the whole magillah (the story of Esther) was fabulously funny.  We never rehearse because that makes it more fun to wing it! (We use printed scripts.)  Part of the play is singing parts of the story to the tune of  tv shows and old songs.  We sang "The Purim Bunch" to the tune of the "Brady Bunch" and "Hang Down Your Head Old Haman" to the tune of "Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley". 

We wear costumes or funny hats.  It's always more fun when people dress up.  Here's Deborah's Queen Esther costume.

Hats off to LaVonne and these wonderful costumes she made:

Rabbi always wears this get-up!  He tells everybody he's the oldest rabbi in Israel.

You can click on this LINK to see more about our Purim celebration.  Scroll down and you'll see a video of our Purim Parade.

Every Purim, my grandson and I make hamentaschen.  Here are a few pics from our cookie-making day.

We made apple and blueberry ones this year.  They turned out so good.

Purim is a time to be silly and have fun, and celebrate G-d's great goodness and provision for His people.  Each year, we're reminded that we, like Esther, were born for such a time as this.  Rabbi Jem encouraged us to be brave and to stand up against antisemitism.  That evil spirit is active in the world today, as we are hearing more stories of attacks against synagogues and Hebrew schools.  Please join us in praying against that spirit, and in standing with the Jews and Israel.

I hope your Purim celebration was as wonderful, and I'd love to hear about it in the comments.

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  1. What a wonderful Purim cerebration! I lived in Brooklyn, NY at one time and often saw Purim parades. Your hamentaschen looked delicious!

    1. How wonderful to see a Purim parade in the streets! I've seen videos of ones in Israel.

      Thanks for stopping by, Pat, and I hope you'll visit again real soon.