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Chabad Prepares for 100s of Purim Events Across UK

Thursday, 5 March, 2009 - 10:58 am

Chabad centres across the UK are busy putting the finishing touches to preparations for a lively and exciting array of events to celebrate Purim this coming week.

Thousands of Jews from all walks of life and religious affiliations are expected to celebrate Purim with Chabad by attending hundreds of Megillah readings, parties, farbrengens, family events and festive meals up and down the country.

This year sees a wide variety of colourful and exotic themes. In Cambridge, the Chabad House will be transformed into a Persian Café serving Persian delicacies. Whisky will be flowing (metaphorically speaking) at Oxford Chabad where students will be celebrating an Irish-themed Purim replete with live Irish music, fancy dress and entertainment provided by comedian Dave Schneider. In North East London, residents will don fancy dress in the style of Fiddler on the Roof to recreate the shtetl atmosphere in Gants Hill and Buckhurst Hill.

From Brighton to Edinburgh, hundreds of Megillah readings have been organised allowing thousands of Jews the opportunity to fulfil the mitzvah of hearing the Purim story. In Manchester and Edgware, there will be Megillah readings every hour, on the hour throughout the festival.

Groups will also be visiting hospitals and old age homes to read Megillah and bring the joy of Purim to those who would otherwise be forgotten.

Mishloach manos, traditional Purim food packages, will be distributed to Jews throughout the country. Edgware Chabad aims to distribute over 2000 mishloach manos, including over 500 to Israeli soldiers

With Purim falling during term time, Chabad on Campus in the UK will be providing university students with an assortment of fun and imaginative ways to celebrate. Having opened in September last year, five new Chabad Houses in Bristol, Edinburgh, Nottingham, South London and South Kensington will allow more students than ever before the opportunity to celebrate Purim in a traditional, yet refreshing environment.

People who are looking to spend Purim with Chabad can use the online Purim event finder.

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