Imagine yourself standing in Red Square in Moscow or praying in the famous Marina Roscha Synagogue or touring the Kremlin. Imagine a festive meal the way millions of Jews might have celebrated in Russia over the past 500 years with herring and beet salad and chicken kiev with roasted potatoes and sweet tzmimmes.
Well you won’t have to imagine it for much longer, because on Thursday, March 24, Chabad will present “Purim in Moscow” and share many of these tastes and experiences in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Purim.
Known in Jewish literature as the most joyous date on the Jewish calendar, Purim commemorates the nullification of a Persian decree calling for the extermination of the Jewish people throughout the Persian Empire in 356 B.C.E., as told in the Biblical Book of Esther. Chabad’s spin on this age-old holiday has helped bring the fun and spirit of Purim to Louisville year after year.
“We are excited to bring the unique Russia flavor to our Purim celebration this year.” said Rabbi Avrohom Litvin, director of Chabad of Kentucky. “There is a Jewish renaissance going throughout Russia with thousands of Jews returning to synagogues, Jewish community centers, Jewish summer camps and Jewish day schools. In tribute to this amazing rebirth of Judaism, we have chosen Russia for our Purim theme this year.” All are welcome to this community-wide program, regardless of Jewish affiliation or background, says Rabbi Chaim Litvin, who helped organize the event. “Everyone is sure to have a great time!” People are encouraged come in costume to bolster the spirit of the event.
The cost of the entire evening including a delicious kosher Russian dinner, drink, music and entertainment will be $35 per person, $25 for students and $15 for children under 12 years of age. All adult tickets paid by Monday, March 7, will be only $33. For more information call Chabad at 502-459-1770 or firstname.lastname@example.org.