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East Brunswick Celebrates Purim

The carnival crowd.

Purim festivities and celebrations came early to East Brunswick as several synagogues, including Temple B’nai Shalom, East Brunswick Jewish Center and Young Israel of East Brunswick held their tri-synagogue Purim event on the afternoon of Sunday, March 17. Over 150 children and their parents enjoyed showing off their costumes, making hamantashen, playing carnival games, building customized noisemakers and creating distinctive masks. Additionally, Queen Esther’s beauty salon featured nail art, hair braiding and face painting. The aroma of freshly made popcorn added to the festive environment and led attendees to the snack tables where an array of items were available. Entertainment included a magician,followed by “minute-to-win it” games.

Costumed Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer of Temple B’nai Shalom with Heather and Robert Zuckerman of East Brunswick.

Across the hall, the annual East Brunswick community Passover wine tasting and sale in support of Yashar LaChayal was held. Over 100 distinctive wines and spirits from six distributors/vendors were available for tasting and purchase. Jack Silverman, one of the longtime organizers, said that some of the most requested items were Ethan’s Reserve whiskey that is made from sorghum stalk and kosher for Passover. Hajdu Zinfandel from California and Dalton Gin were newcomers to the tasting and were developing their own fan clubs.

“I can’t pick my exact favorite,” Silverman said, “They are all excellent products.”

For more information or to order wine contact [email protected].

Wine tasting in support of Yashar LaChayal.

Deborah Melman is a staff writer at The Jewish Link.

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