Sunday, May 31, 2020

(Courtesy of Chabad of Englewood) Saddle up your party horse and enjoy Kosher frontier fare in cowboy gear at this year’s Purim celebration. “Purim in the Wild West” is Chabad of Englewood’s creative twist to this year’s community celebration of Purim, the holiday commemorating the Jewish people’s salvation in Persia of old. The festivities will be held at Space Events on March 9, featuring a mechanical bull and lasso show.

Billed as the most joyous date on the Jewish calendar, the daylong holiday commemorates the nullification in 356 B.C.E. of a Persian decree calling for the extermination of the Jewish people throughout the Persian Empire, as told in the biblical Book of Esther. Chabad’s original spin on this age-old holiday has helped bring the spirit of Purim to Englewood this year.

“Purim in the Wild West will combine ancient Jewish traditions with a modern twist,” said Rabbi Konikov, director of Chabad of Englewood. “We focus on doing interesting and innovative programs, yet still keeping with the holiday theme.”

The event is a community-wide program, and all are welcome to join, regardless of Jewish affiliation or background. Participants will enjoy a delicious break-fast, arcades, a mechanical bull ride, lasso show, face painting, a photo booth, music, dancing and more.

In addition, the celebration will feature a child-friendly reading of the Book of Esther.

In the spirit of Purim, participants are encouraged to come in costume, and there will be a competition for the most innovative or funny entries.