On Thursday afternoon, March 1, the Union County Torah Center-Chabad at 111 Laurel Place, Westfield will host a family Purim Celebration. There will be a Megillah reading at 4:30 followed by a delicious Purim dinner at 5:30.

Marc Marshall will be presenting his Purim Comedy Hypnosis Show during the dinner.

Marc is an award winning, certified stage and clinical hypnotist, author and motivational speaker with experience entertaining both large and small gatherings.

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He uses his skills and talents in a variety of areas that include self-improvement or clinical hypnosis, motivational speaking, and comedy stage hypnosis.  Marc has worked with individuals and corporations throughout the United States to improve outcomes in personal lives and organizations.

As a clinical hypnotist, he has helped people lose weight, stop smoking, deal with long held fears, deal with stress and anxiety, manage pain, improv sports performance, and eliminate addictions

“Amazing!”  … “I’ve Never Laughed so Hard!” … “I couldn’t Catch My Breath” These are just some of the remarks that can be overheard from those leaving a HypnoMarc Comedy Hypnosis Show.  The show is fast paced and energetic where the audience becomes the stars of the show and an event that the guests will talk about for years.

Marc is excited about performing in the shul he attends regularly and remarked that "This is going to be a "different Purim Shpiel" than people are used to. I will be bringing a special show for this one night only.”

There is a fee of $25/adult, $15/child. Sponsorships are available for $180. RSVP at www.torahcenter.org

On Wednesday evening, February 28, at 6:30 PM. there will be a Megillah reading following the Superhero Purim Bash that starts at 5:30. The Megillah reading will be followed by Hamantashen & refreshments.

On Thursday morning, March 1 at 7:45 AM, the Torah Center will have another Megillah reading, as it is a Mitzvah to hear it being read on Purim day as well.

All of the programs of the Torah Center which has no formal membership are open to the public and everyone is welcome. For more information please call the center at 908-789-5252 or email info@torahcenter.org, www.torahcenter.org.

The Megillah relates the Purim story in which Queen Esther was instrumental in the deliverance of the Jewish people from the threat of annihilation at the hands of Haman and the inhabitants of the Persian Empire twenty-three centuries ago.

Rabbi Levi Block of the Center explained that there are four mitzvot that we are obligated to fulfill on Purim:

·        It is a mitzvah to hear the Megillah read both on Purim evening and the following day.

·        On Purim we emphasize the importance of Jewish unity and friendship by sending gifts of food to friends.  Send a gift of at least two kinds of ready-to-eat foods (for example, pastry, fruit, and beverage), to at least one friend on Purim day, which this year is Thursday, March 1.                                                        

·        Concern for the needy is a year -round responsibility for the Jew.  On Purim, particularly, it is a special mitzvah to remember the poor.  Give charity to at least two, but preferably more, needy individuals on Purim day.  Giving directly to the needy best fulfills the mitzvah.  If, however, you cannot find poor people, place at least several coins into ‘pushkas’ (charity boxes).  Even small children should fulfill this mitzvah.

·        We celebrate Purim with a special festive meal on Purim day when family and friends gather together to rejoice in the Purim spirit.