It's not every day that members of Temple Emanuel get to see their rabbi dressed as a Major League Baseball player or their cantor as Mr. Incredible from the movie The Incredibles.
Yet that's what happened Sunday as the Cherry Hill synagogue hosted a superhero-theme talent show to celebrate Purim, the Jewish holiday that observes the bravery of the people who saved the Jews in the fifth century B.C.E. from Haman, the vindictive prime minister of Persia.
Children performed dance routines, put on a puppet show featuring Kermit the Frog, and sang a Taylor Swift song. Between acts, cantor Neil Schnitzer told the Old Testament story of Queen Esther of Persia and of Mordechai, who defied Haman's orders to bow down to him. Doing so would have violated the Jewish pledge to bow before only God.