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Festival celebrates God's deliverance

Posted: February 20, 2013 - 1:16am

Purim is a time of celebrating God’s deliverance of the Jewish people, and at the Augusta Jewish Community Center, there will be a carnival to commemorate the event this weekend.

“This one holiday is a celebration where the kids dress up and have fun,” said Jennifer Wood, the spokesperson for the event, which is primarily for children younger than 11.

Purim’s roots are in the story of Esther, a young Jewish woman who became queen of Persia and saved her people from genocide. This year, Purim begins at sundown Saturday.

Sunday’s festival will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Many of the girls typically dress up as Queen Esther, she said, but it’s not all religious figures who show up at the event.

“They come in any kind of costumes. We do have a lot of Esthers, but I have seen Batman and Spiderman,” she said.

The carnival will feature face-painting, a moon walk, a mini-golf game, bean bag toss and other games.

Most of those attending the event are members of the Augusta Jewish Community Center, but Wood said the event is open to anyone who’d like to come.

“We get Christians who come in and want to learn and see what is going on,” she said. “The Augusta Jewish Community Center is open to anyone attending.”

Tickets for the games are four for $1 or 22 for $5. Everyone in a costume receives two free tickets. Lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m. and is free to AJCC members and $5 for guests.

For additional information, call the AJCC at (706) 228-3636.

IF YOU GO

What: Purim Carnival

Where: Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way, off Furys Ferry Road in Evans

When: 12:30-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, with lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

Cost: Game tickets available; lunch free to AJCC members, $5 for others

More: Call (706) 228-3636

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