Thu 9 Apr 2009
Jewish, Purim and …. Sushi? Oy vey, what would the Rebbe say? In the case of Rabbi Berry Farkash of the Chabad of the Central Cascade’s, he’d say: “I’ll have three more lox rolls and remember to rap your noise maker when you hear Haman’s name.”
The story of Purim is about Queen Esther who risked her own life to inform King Ahasureus of Persia that his evil Prime Minister, Haman, was plotting to kill all the Jews in one day. She also revealed her true identity as a Jew and that her cousin Mordechi was the one who overheard Haman’s plans. The King executes Haman and promotes Mordechi.
On Monday, March 9th, at 6:30 PM, to commemorate the story of Purim and to remind us that Jews live in every corner of the world, the Chabad celebrated Purim with an Asian flare. Approximately 120 community members nestled into Issaquah Highland’s Blakely Hall for hours of fun and entertainment. The evening started with spirited chatter and warm hugs as friends exchanged Purim greetings. As the hall filled up all eyes focused on the delicately
embroidered silk robes and fluttering fans of the traditional dancers from the NWCS Performing Arts Troupe, led by Rong R. Bian, who graced the crowd with four authentic songs, dances, and instrumental pieces.
When the stage cleared, out popped a projection screen, a Rabbi, and a megillah – “the scroll of Esther”. As the Rabbi read from the megillah, the audience watched a humorous home made silent animation slide show depicting the story of Esther. The video was created by Meir Geisinsky form New York and the students of the Chabad Hebrew School in Issaquah.
To further embrace in the spirit of community all characters in the production were students and friends of the Chabad. By then the crowd was ready for sushi, and lots of it. Rice rolls, lox rolls, veggie rolls, soy sauce, Chinese salad, won ton soup, fortune cookies, and of course, hamantashen. A special thanks to: Highlands Council who donated Blakely Hall, Paul Dean for use of the PA systems, Sheila Abrahams and The Putterman’s for rolling 75 rolls of sushi. Inbar Gazit and Jason Shindler for setting up and decorating the hall, Allen and Lynn Feldhammer for all the support, photographer Barry Hartman, Lauren Segal, Mitch Setlow, Cynthia Rosonova, and Rick Pezzner!!!
For more information about the Chabad, please contact:
Chabad of the Central Cascades
24121 SE Black Nugget Rd, Issaquah WA 98029
Tel: (425) 427-1654