(EJNews) – International Purim was a fitting name for the Chabad of Edmonton’s annual Purim festivities, which were as large and encompassing as the globe itself with 450 community members in attendance. A multimedia Megilla reading was led by Rabbi Mendy Blechman before guests were ushered into the main banquet hall of the Fantasyland Hotel where they were greeted by flags from all over the world, internationally themed decorations on every table and the globe itself, in the form of Rabbi Dovid Pinson. Dressed as a puffy green globe Rabbi Dovid entertained the crowd and emceed the event leading the children on a parade around the room allowing everyone to enjoy their wonderful costumes and traditional Purim merriment.
As adults enjoyed appetizers including sushi hamantashen, the room was full of activities for the countless children in attendance. There was a bouncy castle where children could jump, connected to a large inflatable slide. Balloon animals, cotton candy and face painting were also available. A highlight of the night came when Karlheinz the Bubble Man performed his bubble tricks and put his creative bubbling on display for the crowd. Truly the event was the embodiment of everything that is Purim.
Enjoy our photo gallery – by Edmonton Jewish News’ Dan Moser and more photos by Meital Siva