Esther Bowie launch a success!

Purim 2017

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More than 60 people of all ages, children, adults and
seniors, gathered in the sanctuary with groggers in hand on Leil Purim
(Saturday March 11 evening) to celebrate the Festival of Lots by listening to
the re-telling of the Book of Esther, and to blotting out the name of the evil
Haman. 

Costumes of all manner abounded kindling a festive atmosphere. Snacks of
potato chips, soft drinks, and alcohol helped to get attendees in the mood to
party. The megillah (scroll) was read in an animated fashion by a line-up of
children and adults, and we re-lived the victory of Esther and Mordechai over
Haman in ancient Persia. Purim is a time of paradox, when what we see is not
necessarily what is, and a topsy-turvy experience (including masquerade and
self-mockery). After the megillah reading, all present were treated to platters
of fresh vegetables, fruits, cookies – and of course – hamantaschen!

Later on, we kicked up our heels as the sanctuary was
transformed into a dance hall. Lasers lit up the domed roof and music permeated
the hall. DJ Mack from HiWay Productions spun many favourites from the 60’s and
70’s, including lots of David Bowie classics, other songs from Prince, the
Beatles, Saturday Night Fever and assorted requested numbers. A small but
spirited group of revelers, kept things going on the dance floor until
midnight.

See photos online

Purim—the inspiring story of a woman’s courage in the face of hatred

mipi-harav:

The Jewish holiday of Purim is quickly approaching. It begins on the evening of March 11 and continues through the next day, Sunday the 12th.

The holiday of Purim has its roots in the Biblical Book of Esther. The story is a fairytale full of palace intrigue, romance, greed, lust for power, and outrageous fate. The story of Purim makes no mention of Divine Source. In fact the name of the super courageous heroine, Esther, holds the meaning of “hidden.” Purim is celebrated as Jewish Carnival; it ushers in the end of winter when life is hidden, and it reminds us through outrageous twists of fate that life holds much more than the what we can see. Purim reminds us to be open to wonder and that wonder is connected to hope. Purim’s biggest lesson is that through hope people can effect real good in our world.

Read More…

From Rabbi Harry’s piece in the Times Colonist this week.

Costume up for the Purim Parade

Sunday, March 12, 2017 10:30 am
Pandora
Green, corner of Cook & Pandora

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This
Purim, Congregation Emanu-El celebrates children. Join us for an amazing Purim
experience on March 12 at 10:30 am on Pandora Green, at the corner of Cook and
Pandora Streets. 

There will be a Purim Costume Parade complete with a horse
drawn carriage and klezmer band, a comedic and educational puppet show,
and an old fashioned carnival. Did we mention hamantaschen?

Purim Go Bowie

“Let’s Dance a Bowie-Inspired Purim Party”
Saturday, March 11, 2017, 7:30pm onwards

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Ziggy Stardust invites you to a fantastic Purim Party headlined by a spirited raucous reading of the scroll of Esther followed by a blow-out dance party. Dust off your platform shoes and dance like Aladdin Sane. Join us on this date for a great David Bowie influenced Emanu-El Congregation Purim Dance Party.

This Let’s Dance Adult Purim Party will celebrate David Bowie’s life and achievements as a musician, artist, and cultural icon. Whatever your persona- Starman, Rebel Rebel or Under Pressure – there are sure to be memories and great tunes to which you can spend the night dancing. Costumes (think glam, gender bending, 70’s and 80’s, up to the current Black Star) are encouraged but not required.

  • 7:30 pm Maariv and Megillah reading – all welcome
  • 9:00 pm Bowie-Inspired Let’s Dance Party
  • Food: Finger foods and snacks provided, but no dinner Please BYOB
  • For more info: Aaron Severs or Rabbi Harry

Purim Cookie Drive

March 2, 9 and 16, 10am–2pm

This year, for Purim, Avodah is holding a cookie drive for the Victoria Dandelion Society

Reverend Alan Tysick has requested community members to make home-baked cookies for him to give out to people on Victoria’s streets early in the morning. Every weekday, Rev. Al gives out about 200 cookies a day!  

Please bring your cookies (wrapped or packaged) to Congregation Emanu-El on the following three Thursdays:  March 2, 9 and 16, 10am–2pm.  Or, you can email Penny Tennenhouse to arrange bringing cookies to her home.This could be a fun family Purim project to give to those in need. Thank you so much. Watch the video.

Purim Events – Save the Dates

  • Saturday, March 11
    – Ziggy Stardust invites you to a fantastic Purim Party on Saturday Night,
    March 11. Join us for a spirited raucous reading of the scroll of Esther
    followed by a blow-out dance party. Dust off your platform shoes and dance like
    Aladdin Sane. Save the Date for the best David Bowie influenced Dance Party
    Congregation Emanu-El has ever experienced.
  • Sunday,
    March 12
    – This Purim Congregation Emanu-El celebrates
    children. Join us for an amazing Purim experience on March 12 morning. There
    will be a Purim Costume Parade complete with a horse drawn carriage and Klezmer
    Band, a comedic and educational puppet show and an old fashioned carnival. Did
    we mention Hamantaschen? 

Save the dates for tremendous fun, fraylich
Purim

Purim at Emanu-El: Kids Carnival & Indoor Campfire

Wed., March 23, 5:30pm

Our guarantee – A family fun Purim for one and all!!
We start at 5:30pm with a Kids’ Carnival in the Social Hall – booths, kiosks, face painting, a Purim Spiel etc. 
Of course, delicious food is on the menu, too.  This includes: home-made pizza, hamantaschen, finger foods, snacks, and schnapps.
Then at 7:00 pm  there is a Megillah Reading (in English and Hebrew) in the sanctuary.
Grab a grogger and join in a joyous celebration of the retelling of Megillat Esther!
Following this is the first ever Indoor Campfire at Emanu-El (not to be missed!).  
There will be singing of favourites from the 60s, 70s and more, accompanied by a trio of talented musicians.
BYOB and lots of spirit.  Dress casually.  Costumes are optional, but encouraged.
ALL ARE WELCOME

Post-Purim Pizza Pyjama post

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The Purim Pizza Pyjama extravaganza was a super evening of fun.  

There was a small sea of young children in costumes and pajamas.  With the help of some dedicated volunteers—especially Ellen Dragushan, Aaron Severs, Leah Levi and RaeAnn Brechner—we put together a fantastic “old school” carnival with games and prizes and lots of junk food.  

Marc Fagen catered pizza and hamantaschen.  

Rabbi Harry and Beatrice Keizers Clark put on an interactive puppet show with Beatrice’s homemade puppets.  

After dinner and carnival there was a spirited reading of Megilat Esther, followed by a bunch of Karaoke crooners.  

It was a great evening and made it kind of hard to get up for our 7:00am morning minyan the next day.  

Another great event at Congregation Emanu-El, The Little Shul that Could

For more pictures, see the home page of the Congregation Emanu-El website.