Purim 2011 — The Best Ever


The Purim celebration this year was the best ever. For everyone who missed it, have you ever heard of using the Hebrew reading of the Megillah as the time span congregants and guests are given to play games on the Bimah? Sounds hilarious and it was much fun to watch and eat those yummy Hamentaschen.

A crowd gathered early to indulge in a scrumptious dinner, cooked by our own Art Rosenberg. The Chez B’nai menu included pasta, salad, roasted vegetables, bread and hamentaschen.

After the children ate, they enjoyed making schlach manot bags for their families and playing carnival games in the lobby. And those balloons lying all around offered unending excitement!

The lights dimmed for a community celebration of Havdalah, with everyone  joining together to sing and wish farewell to Shabbat. And then it was time for the Games!

After a brief service, folks grabbed their groggers, adjusted their costumes and were rapt with attention as our own Dean McDonald led the crowd through his ingeniously devised games. He passed out special crystals and silly prizes to winners.

A synopsis of each of the ten chapters of the Megillah was read in both English and Hebrew, while volunteers participated in timed stunts. Fun was had by all as they tossed cards into hats, bounced ping pong balls into cups while wearing oven mitts, played musical chairs and the limbo, hit balloons with gavels and ripped up phone books! They played Hangman, story sequencing, word games, built pipe cleaner structures, wrote madlibs and much, much more!

All the while, Rabbi Mark and others read the Megillah holding a rubber chicken and Cantor Linda managed the ‘boos’ stop light and passed out ‘adult drinks.’

Thank you to brilliant Dean for all of his work, as well as to all of his helpers. Everyone went home with a smile on his or her face, and likely a pile of silly prizes. Did someone leave behind a tiara?

Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the pictures, there are more to come.

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