LAKEWOOD RANCH -- "Purim in the Palace" is Chabad of Bradenton's creative twist to this year's community Purim celebration at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. March 16.
The event will feature Court Jester Geoff Williams who will perform his magical routine.
Participants will enjoy a royal Persian-themed dinner, comedic entertainment, hamenstachen (traditional Purim pastries), and children's palace-themed crafts as well as a child friendly reading of the biblical scroll of Esther, known in Hebrew as the Megillah.
In the spirit of Purim, participants are encouraged to come in Persian or Royal costume for the competition with prizes to contestants with the most innovative or funny costumes.
All are welcome to join, regardless of Jewish affiliation or background. To help cover expenses, guests are requested to pay $15 adult, $10 per child (3-12). Seating is limited and payment at the door is $20 adult and $15 per child. Program sponsorship is $250.
The festival of Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar. It begins this year after sundown March 15 and ends at nightfall March 16.
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."
The name of the holiday, Purim, literally means "lots," for Haman determined the day of the annihilation by drawing a lottery.
Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch is an organization that provides social, educational, recreational and religious programming.
Information: Chabad of Bradenton at 941-752-3030, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to ChabadofBradenton.com.