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Mar 01, 2017

Purim in the Jungle with Chabad Jewish Center of Holmdel

“Purim in The Jungle” is Chabad Jewish Center of Holmdel’s creative twist to this year’s community celebration of Purim, the holiday commemorating the Jewish people’s salvation in Persia of old. The festivities will be held at the Holmdel Fire House Hall, 35 West Main Street, on Sunday, March 12 at 4:30 p.m.

The event will feature an African buffet dinner and African drum circle. Each participant will have the opportunity to drum on their very own African drum. Other special activities will include a costume contest, banana splits, a slide show depicting the story of Purim, Hamentashen to be served, and much more. Purim in The Jungle’s festive atmosphere and the fun children’s activities promise to be the perfect Purim celebration for the entire family.

Billed as the most joyous date on the Jewish calendar, the daylong holiday commemorates the nullification in 356 B.C.E. of a Persian decree calling for the extermination of the Jewish people throughout the Persian Empire, as told in the biblical Book of Esther. Chabad’s original spin on this age-old holiday has helped bring the spirit of Purim to Holmdel year after year.

“It combines ancient Jewish traditions with a modern twist,” said Shmaya Galperin, Rabbi of The Chabad Jewish Center. “We focus on doing interesting and innovative programs that will maximize the enjoyment for young and old alike, yet still keeping with the holiday theme. The event is focused primarily on spirit, fun, and tradition. Everyone is sure to have a great time!”

In the spirit of Purim, participants are encouraged to come in a costume of their choice and win a prize. The event is a community-wide program, and all are welcome to join, regardless of affiliation or background. All-inclusive admission is $12 for children, $18 for adults, and $54 for families. Sponsorship is available for $180 or $360. Come and bring a friend.

For more information about Chabad Jewish Center of Holmdel’s Purim festivities or the holiday of Purim and its observances, contact Rabbi Shmaya and Rochi Galperin at (732) 772-1998 or visit www.JewishHolmdel.org.