“Purim in the 60s” is Chabad of Englewood’s creative twist to the community Purim celebration, the holiday commemorating the Jewish people’s salvation in Persia of old. The festivities will be held at Space Events, 491 South Dean St., on March 19 at 7:15 p.m., and will feature tie dye madness.
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.
“It combines ancient Jewish traditions with a modern twist,” said Rabbi Shmuel Konikov, director of Chabad of Englewood.”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 free of charge community-wide program, and all are welcome to join, regardless of Jewish affiliation or background. Participants will enjoy a delicious break-fast meal, tie dye madness, music, face painting, hamantashen and l’chaim.
In addition, the celebration will feature a costume contest and child-friendly reading of the Book of Esther, known in Hebrew as the megilla.
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.
By Shmuel Konikov