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Purim Carnival at Kneseth Israel on March 1st

Purim Carnival flyerOn Sunday March 1, 2015 from 11:00am – 1:00pm Congregation Kneseth Israel presents a Purim Carnival with games, activities, and traditional foods. The community is invited to celebrate this holiday with outdoor moon bounce and pony rides, airbrush tattoo artist, skeeball, inflatable basketball, casino games for adults, cotton candy, popcorn, pizza, falafel bar, hamantaschen cookies, whipped cream pie eating contest, silent auction, and carnival games for kids and adults of all ages!

Admission is free with games and food tickets available for purchase. Come in costume ready for tons of fun. The event will take place at Congregation Kneseth Israel, 1125 Spa Road, Annapolis, MD 21403.

The story of Purim is about King Achashvarosh who ruled over 127 countries. Haman, his minister, was anti-semitic and plotted to annihilate all of the Jewish people by threatening and terrorizing them. Eventually all of Haman’s schemes failed. He, along with his ten sons, were hung in public and their deaths were witnessed and recorded in the history books. The name Purim comes from the Hebrew word for lottery that was used to choose the date of the intended annihilation of the Jews by Haman.

Two heroes emerged out of this event. One was an honest and beautiful orphan, Esther, who became Queen, and the other was her uncle Mordechai. Mordechai would be rewarded and promoted to a high post within the Persian government by the king for his truthfulness, loyalty and intelligence.

The festival of Purim was established as a holiday to publicize the deliverance of the Jewish people from the tyranny of Haman. We celebrate the holiday by reading the story whereupon listeners drown out Haman’s name with noisemakers, eating cookies (hamantaschen) in the triangular shape of the style of hat Haman wore and celebrating with a day of fun and games. Children and adults dress in costumes which originally depicted the characters of the story, but today anything goes!

Located in Annapolis, Congregation Kneseth Israel has served the Jewish community of Anne Arundel County for over 100 years.  For more information about Congregation Kneseth Israel, visit www.knesethisrael.org

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