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Purim celebration to feature music, food and ancient story

By Staff | Mar 4, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Among the cast at last year's Purim celebration were, from left, Ben Yokel, Ying Przybyszewski, Barry Roth, the Rev. John Danner, Sally Sacks and Alan Sacks, plus Norma Kohn and Esther Pokedoff.

The Bat Yam Temple of the Islands is ready to celebrate Purim with the musical retelling of the Purim story on March 9 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ.

The cast will include: Vickie Fuchs as Esther; Cantor Murray Simon as Haman; Ben Yokel as Bigthan; Edina Lessack as Mordecai; Sally Sacks as Vashti; and Alan Sacks as Teresh. The Rev. Dr. John H. Danner, senior pastor of the SCUCC, will again play the role of King Ahasueras.

Rabbi Dr. Stephen Lewis Fuchs will portray storyteller Hatach and will narrate 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 bowed to her wishes. Pianist Abbey Allison will accompany the musical numbers.

Attendees will get to boo Haman and shake noisemakers called groggers, which will be available. However, they are encouraged to also bring a container full of coins as a noisemaker and the proceeds will be given to local charities.

The program is free and open to the public.

Afterward, attendees are invited to enjoy Purim-themed refreshments in Fellowship Hall. Among the treats will be hamantaschen – the traditional jam-filled cookies whose triangular shape resembles the three-corned hat worn by Haman – the villain in the story.

For more information, visit www.batyam.org.

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