Next weekend’s Jewish
holiday celebrates
a thwarted massacre

The story of events from 450 B.C.
gives oppressed Jews hope

Honolulu's Jewish congregations are planning to celebrate the holiday of Purim with lighthearted festivities next weekend.

>> Dinner at Temple Emanu-El next Saturday will feature a musical performance of "The Megillah according to the Beach Boys." Wednesday is the deadline for reservations. Call 595-7521. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children.

>> A March 7 masquerade dinner cruise aboard the Hawaiian Rainbow will be sponsored by Chabad of Hawaii. The Megillah will be read to the accompaniment of a multimedia presentation, and traditional food gifts will be distributed to children. Call 735-8161 for reservations at $25 for adults and $15 for children. Family, military and student discounts are offered.

>> The Megillah will be read at 8 p.m. Saturday and at 8:30 a.m. March 7 at Chabad House, 419 Atkinson Drive, sixth floor.

Purim commemorates the story told in the Megillah, the Book of Esther, in which a despot's plan to massacre Jews was thwarted. The story of events from 450 B.C. has brought hope and encouragement to oppressed Jewish people throughout history.

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