JEWS IN THE WILD WEST?
well, sorta...the Jewish festival of Purim will be celebrated with a 'wild-west' theme.
“Purim in the Wild West” is the Chabad Jewish Center's creative twist to this year’s community Purim celebration, which will be held at the Mansfield Town Hall, 6 Park Row, on Sunday, February 24 from 4-5:30pm.
The event will feature a wild west-style dinner, Megillah Reading & Sideshow, Masquerade for adults and children, a caricaturist, Joyous Chassidic Dancing and a gameshow for all.
Participants will enjoy Delicious buffet dinner, a great show and a free raffle. In addition, the celebration will feature crafts for the kids and an caricaturist.
In the spirit of Purim, participants are encouraged to come in costume and be included in the competition, Every one in a costume receives a prize!
The event is a community-wide program, and all are welcome to join, regardless of affiliation, background or place of residence. locals will get together from Mansfield, Easton, Norton, Foxboro, Attleboro, Plainville, Taunton and North Attleboro. To help cover dinner expenses, guests are requested to pay a minimal fee. Program sponsorship is available. no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
To signup for this fun event, go to www.JewishMansfield.com/PurimWildWest
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 Saturday, February 23rd and ends at nightfall on February 24th.
The holiday commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in Ancient Persia - 2436 years ago - 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 visithttp://www.JewishMansfield.com/purim.
During the past 60 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, 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.
What is the Chabad Jewish Community Center?
The Chabad Jewish Community Center in Mansfield is dedicated to providing an open door environment for strengthening and enhancing Jewish family life for every Jew regardless of background, philosophy, or level of commitment.
Chabad serves individuals and families looking for a non-judgmental, accepting, personalized Jewish experience.
Chabad believes in the right of every Jew to experience the beautiful treasures of our Jewish heritage, regardless of religious background or financial status.
Chabad is committed to provide a wide variety of educational, religious, and social services, according to the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, toward the goal of making our world a fitting dwelling place for G-d.
For more information about the Chabad Centers Purim festivities or on the holiday of Purim and its observances, contact Rabbi Yossi or Tzivi at 508-339-8767 or email Rabbi@JewishMansfield.com or visit our website atwww.JewishMansfield.com.
Who: Everyone in the community
What: Wild West themed Purim Bash (Dinner and party)
When: Sunday, February 24 from 4-5:30pm (we have an open door policy - come and leave when you wish)
Where: Mansfield Town Hall. 6 park Row
Cost: Twelve Dollar for adults Nine for children. No one will be turned away for lack of funds
Important: There are four mitzvahs connected with Purim: 1) to hear the Megilla read twice: Saturday eve and on Sunday day. 2) to give gifts of charity to the poor. 3) to send gifs of food to friends. and 4) to enjoy a festive meal.
The megilla will be read at this event and on Saturday. If you would like to have the megillah read at your home or just want a bit of the Purim joy, feel free to email the Rabbi at Rabbi@JewishMansfield.com ASAP.