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Purim Carnival celebrates freedom with fun

By From page A5 | February 14, 2013

Rabbi Greg Wolfe, dressed as King Ahasuerus, invites the community to attend the annual Bet Haverim Purim Carnival on Sunday Feb. 24, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The carnival features a magic show, games and food. King Ahasuerus was an ancient Persian king who invited Esther, the heroine of the Purim story, to be his queen, not knowing that she is Jewish. Courtesy photo

Congregation Bet Haverim will present its annual Purim Carnival and magic show on Sunday, Feb. 24, at the synagogue, and community members are invited to join in the fun. Bet Haverim is at 1715 Anderson Road in Davis.

The carnival will be open from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. More than 20 games and activities for children of all ages will be offered, including a bounce house and other inflatables, miniature golf, ping-pong, Nerf battles, a dunk tank, a cake walk and a magic show. Special games will be presented for children under 5.

Pizza, cotton candy and traditional Hamantaschen cookies will be available for purchase.

Admission is free, and game tickets cost less than 25 cents each. Most games and activities require two or three tickets.

The magic show begins at noon in the sanctuary and seating is offered at $2 per person. Children and adults will be plucked from the audience to assist the magician, Andy Amyx, with his entertaining and interactive performance.

Amyx is an award-winning entertainer who has performed at the famed Magic Castle in Hollywood, as well as at venues in Las Vegas and Atlantic City in addition to working as a consultant on television commercials and music videos. He is a graduate of Chavez College of Magic in Southern California, where he also works as an instructor.

Purim’s origins are in the Book of Esther, also known as the Megillah of Esther. This book details the deliverance of the Jewish people approximately 475 B.C.E. from the death decree of the wicked Haman by the courageous and beautiful Queen Esther. The story is among the earliest references to anti-Semitism, and serves to warn all people of the unjust suffering and unhappiness that result from prejudice.

For more information about the carnival, call Malka Sansani, director of education and youth, at 530-758-0842.

Enterprise staff

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