LITCHFIELD — “Purim at the Circus” is Chabad Lubavitch of Northwest Connecticut’s creative twist to this year’s community Purim celebration, which will be held at Chabad Community Center, 7 Village Green Dr. in Litchfield, on Thursday, March 8 from 5-8 p.m. The event will feature circus-style entertainment and dinner, as well as traditional treats such as hamantashen. In addition, the celebration will feature a unique interactive Megillah for child-friendly reading of the biblical scroll of Esther, known in Hebrew as the Megillah.
In the spirit of Purim, participants are encouraged to come in costume and be included in the competition, which will award prizes to contestants with the most innovative or funny costumes. The event is a community-wide program, and all are welcome to join, regardless of Jewish affiliation or background. Admission is $18.00 in costume, $24.00 not in costume, children $10.00 Children 4 & under free. RSVP at:www.chabadNW.org/CIRCUS
What is the holiday of Purim?
The festival of Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar. It begins this year after sundown on March 7th and ends at nightfall on March 8th. The holiday commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in Ancient Persia from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day.” The name of the holiday, Purim, literally means “lots,” for Haman determined the day of the annihilation by drawing a lottery. It is observed by public readings of the Megillah, or Scroll of Esther, to recount the story of the Purim miracle, sending food gifts to friends, giving gifts of money to the poor and enjoying a festive Purim meal. For more on Purim’s history, observances and meaning, plus fun and other activities for the entire family, please visit www.chabadNW.org/PURIM
During the past 50 years there has been a revival in the observance of the Purim holiday. This phenomenon can be directly traced to the vigorous outreach efforts of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, under whose direction the Chabad-Lubavitch movement distributed hundreds of millions of Purim packages and explanatory brochures, organized countless public readings of the Book of Esther in places famous and obscure and otherwise reached out to Jews of all walks of life to encourage them to partake in the holiday’s celebration.For more information on Chabad’s Purim festivities or on the holiday of Purim and its observances, please email info@chabadNW.org or call 860-567-3609 or visit our website at www.chabadNW.org
What: Purim at the Circus
When: Thursday, March 8, from 5:00 – 8:30 pm
Where: Chabad Community Center, 7 Village Green Dr, Litchfield, CT 06759
Cost: $18.00 in costume, $24.00 not in costume, children $10.00 Children 4 & under free. RSVP at:www.chabadNW.org/CIRCUS