NOORD ARUBA — “PURIM IN THE JUNGLE” is Chabad of Aruba’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 Phillip’s Animal Garden on Thursday March 1st at 5pm. Known 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.
The event is a community-wide program, and all are welcome to join, regardless of Jewish affiliation or background. Participants will enjoy a full buffet dinner, fun with the animals and a reading of the Book of Esther known in Hebrew as the Megillah. “The event is focused primarily on spirit, fun, and tradition.” says Rabbi Ahron Blasberg, who organized
the event, “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.
The Megillah will also be read on Wednesday evening Feb 28th at 7.15pm at Chabad. All welcome to join- refreshments after the service.
What: Purim in the Jungle.
Where: Phillip’s Animal Garden.
When: March 1st 5pm.
Cost: Very reasonable – please inquire.
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 11 and ends at nightfall on March 12. 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. For more information on Purim festivities or on the holiday of Purim and its observances, contact Chabad Aruba at Rabbi@JewishAruba.com or visit our website at www.JewishAruba/purim.
Rabbi Ahron Blasberg
297 592 7613