‘Purim Under the Sea’ dinner celebration Thursday

“Purim Under the Sea” is Chabad of Fairfield’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 Thursday, March 5, at 5:15 p.m., at Chabad of Fairfield, 1571 Stratfield Road. The event features a seafood buffet dinner, the Bubblemania show, sea crafts and a child-friendly reading of the Scroll of Esther, known in Hebrew as the Megillah.

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 Eastern Fairfield County year after year.

“It combines ancient Jewish traditions with a modern twist,” said Rabbi Shlame Landa, director and spiritual leader of Chabad of Fairfield. “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 a community-wide program, and all are welcome to join, regardless of Jewish affiliation or background.

“The program is focused primarily on spirit, fun, and tradition.” says Landa. “Everyone is sure to have a great time!”

In the spirit of Purim, participants are encouraged to come in costume, and there will be a competition for the most innovative or funny entries.

Cost is $12/child, $18/adult, $65 (max) family.

For more information on Purim festivities or on the holiday of Purim and its observances, contact Chabad of Fairfield at 203-373-7551 or email [email protected]  or visit chabadff.com.

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 4th and ends at nightfall on March 5th. 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.” 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.

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