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Preparations under way for Purim celebration

By Staff | Jan 24, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Depicted rehearsing for the Purim celebration on March 9 are, from left, Rabbi Stephen Fuchs, Vickie Fuchs, Ben Yokel, Edina Lessack, Sally Sacks and Alan Sacks.

The Bat Yam Temple of the Islands will present a musical retelling of the Purim story on March 9 at 7 p.m. that is as entertaining as it is educational, and the program is free and open to the public.

Members of the congregation are already rehearsing their roles in the performance to be held in the sanctuary at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, where Bat Yam holds services.

The cast includes Vickie Fuchs, who will portray Esther; Cantor Murray Simon as Haman; Ben Yokel as Bigthan; Edina Lessack as Mordecai; Sally Sacks as Vashti; and Alan Sacks as Teresh. Also on stage, reprising his role as King Ahasueras, will be the Rev. Dr. John H. Danner, senior pastor at the SCUCC.

Abigail Allison will accompany the musical numbers, which will be sung to familiar tunes but with original lyrics written by the cast members.

During the program, Rabbi Dr. Stephen Fuchs will retell the Purim story of the Bible’s Book of Esther. Tanya Hochschild will introduce the story, which commemorates the time when Esther, queen of Persia, saved the Jewish people from execution by Haman, the king’s advisor. When Esther told her husband – the king – of her Jewish heritage and asked him to spare her people, he complied.

Afterward, Purim-themed refreshments will be provided in Fellowship Hall.

The Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ is at 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.