This story was written and submitted to Patch by the Chabad of Hewlett
Over 300 people celebrated the holiday of Purim Sunday with the Chabad of Hewlett at the SKA girls school in Hewlett.
Greeting the guests were colorfully dressed clowns and blasting music. The kids were treated by volunteers from Hewett High School to cotton candy, popcorn, hot dogs and an array of special Purim pastries knows as Hamentaschen (triangular shaped pastries filled with assorted jams), while the adults enjoyed a lavish buffet.
The program consisted of entertainment by "The National Circus Project," which entertained the crowd with a great variety of magic tricks, juggling, ventriloquist show and an amazing boomerang act, after which the crowd listened to the Megillah — the story of Purim that was transcribed in Persia by the Jews of the time — accompanied by a special slide show presentation to help follow the story and bring it to life.
The children all got up on the stage to take part in an exciting costume competition, and they all got beautiful gifts to take home with them. Unique, however, was the warmth and camaraderie at the event, where Jewish people from all backgrounds, religious to the unaffiliated, shared the Purim experience in an enjoyable setting.
"I never really celebrated purim," said S. Kievman, of Hewlett, "yet Chabad gave me the opportunity to experience this great holiday while making me and my family feel comfortable."
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