The Shul of Bellaire is celebrating the Jewish holiday of Purim with an outer space themed event called “Purim in Outer Space.”
The Purim celebration will be held at Gatherings Banquet Center, 5206 Bissonnet St. on Thursday, March 8, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. The event will feature an Awesome Laser Light Show.
The celebration features a dinner buffet, an “Outer Space Craft” for kids and a child-friendly, simultaneous slideshow will accompany the reading of the biblical scroll of Esther, known in Hebrew as the Megillah.
In the spirit of Purim, participants are encouraged to come in costume and be included in the competition, which will award prizes to contestants with the most innovative or funny costumes. The event is a community-wide program, and all are welcome to join, regardless of Jewish affiliation or background.
The festival of Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar. It begins this year after sundown on March 7and ends at nightfall on March 8.
The holiday commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in Ancient Persia from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day.” The name of the holiday, Purim, literally means “lots,” for Haman determined the day of the annihilation by drawing a lottery. It is observed by public readings of the Megillah, or Scroll of Esther, to recount the story of the Purim miracle, sending food gifts to friends, giving gifts of money to the poor and enjoying a festive Purim meal.
The cost to participate is $8 per child and $12 per adult (max $36 per family). Program sponsorship is $180.
For more information, contact Rabbi Yossi Zaklikofsky at 713-839-8887, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit JewishBellaire.com.