Purim was celebrated with a smorgasbord of activities this year at Beth Israel Synagogue in Edmonton, culminating with a fantastic ‘Purim in Shushan’ party on March 24.
The Beth Israel Social Hall was converted into a Persian palace and marketplace with lush golden linens and vibrant decorations to give the room a definite Shushan flavour. The brilliant decorations were matched by the warm ambience in the room, the live entertainment and the delicious Persian feast expertly prepared by Eddie and Susan Yedgarova.
“What an awesome Purim!” declared Rabbi Daniel Friedman. “Once again Tsipora Reboh and her team put on an outstanding performance!”
Rabbanit Batya Friedman agreed. “From the décor to the drumming to the juggler to the henna and fortune teller tents, it was truly an extraordinary event! It was wonderful to see some new faces there; clearly word is getting out that we are the place to be on Purim! We can’t wait to hear what next year’s theme will be!”
“The kids all loved the Pre-Purim Party with Hadassa,” added Rabbi Friedman, “and the adults enjoyed the revelry at the l’chaim ‘after party’! The Mishloach Manot project was an amazing success and JFS and Leket Israel did well with the Matanot L’Evyonim.”
“Thank you to everyone for making this Purim one of the most successful and fun ever!” concluded the Rabbanit.
There were 260 people in attendance, noted Beth Israel president of the board Stan Kitay. “It was a terrific evening all around,” said Kitay. “There was great food and a great atmosphere; it was superbly organized and a whole lot of Purim fun.”
Enjoy our photo gallery courtesy of Edmonton Jewish News and Beth Israel.