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PRESS PHOTO BY ANITA HIRSCHAt the Chabad table game, Gabriel Morse concentrated on getting all the cans off the table. PRESS PHOTO BY ANITA HIRSCHAt the Chabad table game, Gabriel Morse concentrated on getting all the cans off the table.
Above: Michael Kolpon dressed as Flash, tossed the bean bag and won some tickets at knock the cans off the table. Mom Susan is proud of her son. Above: Michael Kolpon dressed as Flash, tossed the bean bag and won some tickets at knock the cans off the table. Mom Susan is proud of her son.
At the Temple Beth El table, participants picked a duck from the pond. On the bottom of each duck was a number giving them the number of tickets for another game or prizes. Scheer Saltz, 3, picks a duck out of the pond. At the Temple Beth El table, participants picked a duck from the pond. On the bottom of each duck was a number giving them the number of tickets for another game or prizes. Scheer Saltz, 3, picks a duck out of the pond.
At the Jewish Community Center Day Camp table, Eitan Shimon sings along with the karaoke machine. At the Jewish Community Center Day Camp table, Eitan Shimon sings along with the karaoke machine.
Left: Eric Lightman, executive director of the Jewish Community Center brought his costumed children, Max and Eli, who enjoyed the games, especially throwing the basketball into the basket. Left: Eric Lightman, executive director of the Jewish Community Center brought his costumed children, Max and Eli, who enjoyed the games, especially throwing the basketball into the basket.
Praisely Toledo enjoyed trying to toss a bean bag into the swinging Haman. Cheryl Miller was manning the game “The Swinging Haman.” Praisely Toledo enjoyed trying to toss a bean bag into the swinging Haman. Cheryl Miller was manning the game “The Swinging Haman.”

JCC celebrates Purim during annual carnival

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by ANITA HIRSCH Special to The Press in Local News

The Jewish Community Center, Allentown, had its annual Purim Carnival on March 8 with games, inflatables, snacks, crafts, prizes, the PJ Library and story time.

There was also food to eat ranging from popcorn and snow cones to Hamantashen to Borekas which were sold by the food truck, parked outside the JCC.

Purim is the Jewish festival that celebrates the victory of the Jewish community in Persia, led by Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai, over a plot to exterminate the Jews planned by Prime Minister Haman and King Ahashuerus.

Esther, a Jew, convinced the king not to go ahead with Haman’s plan.

In commemoration of this event, Jews gather to read the story of Esther and to celebrate.

A tradition during Purim is for the children and adults to dress up as Mordechai, Esther, Haman or Ahashuerus.

The central themes of this holiday are joy and celebration and eating the traditional cookie called Hamantashen, shaped as the three-cornered hat of Haman.