FLEMINGTION, NJ — “Purim in the Stadium” is Chabad of Hunterdon's creative twist to this year’s community celebration of Purim.
Purim is the Jewish holiday commemorating the Jewish people’s salvation in Persia of old. The festivities will be held at Stangl Factory at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 12 and will feature authentic racecars, sports inflatable games and a DJ.
Stangl factory is on Stangl Road off of Mine Street here.
Considered the most joyous date on the Jewish calendar, the day-long holiday commemorates the nullification 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 Hunterdon year after year.
"It combines ancient Jewish traditions with a modern twist," said Rabbi Eli Kornfeld. "We focus on doing interesting and innovative programs that will maximize the enjoyment for young and old alike, yet still keeping with the holiday theme."
The event is a community-wide program, and all are welcome to join, regardless of affiliation or background.
Participants will enjoy freshly baked Hamantashen, Purim-themed crafts, All American Concessions Stand, hot dogs, burgers, fries, and popcorn, a costume contest, a multi-media presentation, pictures with Sparky, and play around in an authentic racecar.
The celebration will also feature a child-friendly reading of the Book of Esther, known in Hebrew as the Megillah.
"The event is focused primarily on spirit, fun, and tradition," says Leilani Meshulam, a team member at Chabad who helped organize the event. "Everyone is sure to have a great time."
In the spirit of Purim, participants are encouraged to come dressed in a sports-themed costume and there will be a competition for the most innovative and funny entries.
For more information and to RSVP for the event, visit jewishhunterdon.com.