Redbridge’s Jewish community dress up to celebrate Purim Festival
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The festival of Purim is often seen as “one of the happiest of festivals” in the religious calender and the borough’s Jewish community did not disappoint.
Purim - meaning “lots” - commemorates an event more than 2,000 years ago when the Jewish inhabitants of the Persian Empire were saved from a plot to destroy them.
Bob Kamall, chairman of the Woodford Liberal Synagogue in Malborough Road, South Woodford, said: “Purim is one of the happiest of festivals, the wearing of fancy dress and the spiel itself both bring a sense of fun.”
Another tradition of Purim is to tell the story - or “spiel” - of the biblical story of Esther, on which the festival is based on.
Mr Kamall, of the added: “It also brings together families across the generations as young and old get to together to share the fun.”
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Adults and children at Bet Tikvah Synagogue in Newbury Park, and the South West Essex & Settlement Reform Synagogue, in Oaks Lane, also got into the spirit of Purim by dressing up for the festival on March 15.
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