MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Jewish holiday of Purim will be celebrated with a Grand Purim Party at 5pm Sunday, March 1st at The Madison Hotel, 1 Convent Rd. in Morristown, and hosted by Chabad of SE Morris County.

The celebration will include a 5pm reading of the “Megillah,” a scroll describing the story of Purim, with a simultaneous multi-media show, followed by a 5:30 pm party featuring a buffet dinner,  music, a magic show with balloon art, and a parade and prizes for all children.

Everyone is welcome to attend in costume, as is customary on Purim. Advance online registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children, cost at the door is $30. College students are welcome at no charge.

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 Rabbi Shalom Lubin noted that Purim, “The Festival of Lots,” commemorates “the salvation of the Jewish people from the evil tyrant Haman in ancient Persia in the year 356 B.C.E. This riveting yet true epic of palace intrigue took place under the rule of King Achashverosh, or Xerxes. The Jewish People, led by the heroes of the holiday, Mordechai and Esther, overcame the evil Haman and triumphed because of their active unity and commitment to their identity as a practicing Jewish community,” Lubin said.

Traditional customs on Purim include the reading of the “Megillah,” giving charity to the poor, giving gifts of food to friends and family, and eating a festive meal. Traditional Purim foods include “hamantashen,” a three-cornered cookie with filling said to resemble the hat worn by the evil Haman.

“Purim is a fun holiday. We dress up, we commemorate our traditions, and we celebrate with friends. Our party will be geared both to adults and children, and I’m looking forward to a really exciting evening,” said Lubin.

To register online for the Purim Party, please visit www.chabadcares.com