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Carnival marks Purim

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Come and have fun at the Purim Carnival starting at 11 a.m. Saturday at Temple Bat Yam, 3260 Pioneer Trail. The carnival will include games, reading of the Megillah, the story of Esther, hamantashen and other refreshments. Also, the best child’s and adult’s costume will win prizes.

The story of Esther tells of the rescue of the Jewish people from execution by Haman in Persia. Esther, who became queen, convinced her husband, King Ahchashvayrosh, to save the Jewish people. Purim is a joyous holiday celebrating this occasion in history as well as the first signs of spring.

Hamantashen are pastries in a triangular shape, representing the hat, or ear, of Haman, filled with various jellies. Whenever Haman’s name is read, there is booing and shaking of noisemakers. Whenever Esther’s or her uncle Mordecai’s name is read during the reading of the Megillah, those in the audience shout “Hurray.”

For more information, contact Rabbi Jonathan Freirich at (775) 588-4503 or (775) 267-2761, or via e-mail at

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