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Thu 18 Feb 2010
Posted by Issaquah Highlands under Community
“PURIM IN ISRAEL” is Chabad of the Central Cascades creative twist this year on their traditional Purim party, to accommodate the anticipated crowds of men, women & children who throng to Chabad for their annual Purim celebration. On Purim, Chabad in Issaquah is the place to be!
Purim celebrates the salvation of the Jewish people, in the year 3405 from Creation (356 bce), from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day.” (Purim literally means “lots” for Haman determined the day of annihilation by throwing a lottery). It is observed by public readings of the megillah – “Scroll of Esther,” sending food portions to friends, giving gifts of money to the poor, and enjoying a festive meal accompanied with joyous drink.
Chabad of the Central Cascades grand Purim Bash will be held at Blakely Hall at the Issaquah Highlands on Sunday February 28th at 4:00pm. The celebration will begin with the Megillah Reading (Scroll of Ester), followed by a scrumptious buffet dinner of Israeli delicacies, exciting entertainment, Israeli music, hamentashen, spectacular children’s program and lots of laughter! All are welcome to join regardless of affiliation or background.
Pre-Event Registration with EZ-Pass Entry: Adults $15 Children (Ages 3 – 12)
$10 To Register online: www.ChabadIssaquah.com/PurimIsrael.
To pay at the Door: Adults $20 Children (Ages 3 -12) $15.
This event is paid by Chabad of the Central Cascades and the help of Port Blakely Communities and Highland Council. Among Chabad’s many other Purim activities is a mishloach manot (food gifts) campaign and a Purim Eve Megillah Reading at the center Saturday night at 7:00pm. Chabad’s mishloach manot campaign will focus on sending food gifts to hundreds of family’s in the Issaquah and Sammamish vicinities, bringing to home Purim’s message of sharing and joyfulness.
For more information on Chabad’s Purim festivities or on the holiday of Purim and its observances, contact Chabad of the Central Cascades at 425-985-7639 or log on to www.chabadissaquah.com/Purim.
Thu 9 Apr 2009
Posted by Issaquah Highlands under News
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
Fri 20 Feb 2009
Posted by Issaquah Highlands under News
For the first time in the Cascade region, an eighteen foot Menorah constructed from hundreds of balloons was kindled at the fourth annual Chanukah Celebration in Blakely Hall with the Issaquah Highlands community on Sunday, December 28th. Due to weather conditions the party had to be postponed by a week, so instead of lighting only one candle for the first night of Chanukah we got to kindle all eight. The beautiful balloon Menorah with all its candles lit was quite a sight! Everyone got an opportunity to blow their own balloon and contribute it toward the building of the Menorah.
The magic show, special art project, Chanukah “tattoos”, live music by the Klezmer band and delicious food was enjoyed by all who attended. Our dear Mayor Ava Frisinger delivered an inspiring Chanukah message and lit the leading candle. Menachem Farkash led the reciting of the blessings followed with the lighting by city council member Joshua Schaer and members of the community.The event was co-sponsored by Port Blakely, the Issaquah Highlands Council, and Chabad.
In its Chanukah outreach campaign, Chabad of the Central Cascades joined thousands of Chabad centers across the globe that are staging similar public displays of the Menorah and its symbolic lights. From Australia to Africa, Thailand to New Orleans, Baghdad, Iraq to the White House lawn, hundreds of thousands have experience the joy of Chanukah with Chabad. Our thanks goes to all who attended this special evening. Thanks to Port Blakely and the Issaquah Highlands Council for co-sponsoring the event.