February 26, 2013 |
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.
January 20, 2002 |
Some exhibitions establish a whole set of values before a single word is spoken. A display of that sort by Andras Borocz, emphasizing stark, emblematic wooden sculptures out of which the detail throbs, is featured at Temple Judea Museum. This work by a Hungarian-born New Yorker who often exhibits in that city and abroad is displayed together with photos by Jordan Cassway of Philadelphia, who grew up in Wyncote. Borocz's particular thematic material related to the forthcoming Feast of Purim shies away from the standard stock of images associated with any seasonal religious observance.
March 21, 2000 |
In her clown costume, Leah Meadvia, 9, of Elkins Park, celebrates Purim, the most joyous Jewish holiday of the year, at Congregation Bnai Abraham in Center City, while Rabbi Menachem Schmidt says the evening prayer. Purim celebrates the rescue of the Jews by Esther from a plot by Haman, an aide to the Persian king, to massacre them, 2,300 years ago. Purim, also known as the Feast of Lots, began at sunset. There was a parade from Rittenhouse Square to the synagogue, where a fun-filled Purim marathon was planned.
March 20, 2000 |
Solemn services and typically reserved behavior were abandoned in favor of brightly colored costumes and merry noisemakers yesterday as members of Congregation B'nai Jacob gathered to celebrate Purim, the holiday that celebrates the liberation of the Jews, which begins today at sundown. Festive music filled a large room strewn with streamers and balloons, with game tables lining the walls and the aroma of kosher hot dogs wafting through the air. Children in costumes such as princesses, Valley Girls and Star Wars characters raced from game to game, collecting prizes along the way and depositing their winnings on tables nearby.
March 1, 1999 |
Tonight is Purim, a dress-up and party-time festival that's as close as the Jewish community ever gets to Mardi Gras. In Philadelphia and other centers of American Jewish life, the celebration focuses on the synagogue. Carnivals and costume contests were the rule at Hebrew schools yesterday in preparation for the holiday, which the rabbis view as a religiously minor occasion. Purim is not always a synagogue show. Four Jewish organizations sponsored a Purim party at the Philadelphia Zoo yesterday, and the Lubavitchers, a Hasidic outreach group, plan a parade to start at the Liberty Bell at sundown tonight.
March 1, 1999 |
Hazy skies and constant rain made for a dreary morning, but it didn't dampen people's spirits at an indoor carnival as dozens of costume-clad children played in a colorfully decorated synagogue yesterday. Parents in tow, the children traipsed from booth to booth at Congregation B'nai Jacob's festivity, a prelude to the Jewish holiday of Purim, which starts at sundown tonight. "It's literally the most joyous day in the entire Jewish calendar," Rabbi David Mayer said. "It's the one day when the [Jewish community really]
March 12, 1998 |
David Levin is at the head of a parade marking the Jewish holiday of Purim. The parade began at Rittenhouse Square and ended at the Gershman Y at Broad and Pine Streets. The holiday commemorates the deliverance of the Jews from the massacre plotted by Haman.
March 4, 1998 |
Sue Roseman owes her career, in part, to events that took place almost 2,500 years ago in ancient Persia. That's when Purim began. This year it falls on March 12. There are exchanges of gifts among family and gifts to the poor, and singing, entertainment and merrymaking. Children dress in costumes and masks depicting biblical characters from the Book of Esther. It's a tale with all the necessary elements - deceit and intrigue, courage and pride, a beautiful heroine and an evil villain.
March 24, 1997 |
It's known as the merriest festival of the Jewish calendar, a time of colorful children's costumes, candy and cake giving, and humorous skits depicting the story of the Jewish victory over the evil Haman in ancient Persia. At yesterday's celebration of Purim at the Kaiserman Branch of the Jewish Community Center, 100 parents and costumed kids gathered. Tyke-sized Queen Esthers marveled at the speckled costumes of other Queen Esthers, parents munched on the fruit-filled hamantaschen cakes shaped like Haman's three-cornered hat, and older folks listened intently during a reading from the megillah, or scroll, containing the biblical Book of Esther.