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Purim Festival Is Saturday in West Hartford

The Mandell JCC's Purim Festival is designed to be fun for the entire family. Courtesy photo

The Mandell JCC in West Hartford will host a carnival-like Purim Festival open to people of all ages and faiths.

Submitted by Michelle Bonner, Mandell JCC

It is a celebration of one of the most joyous holidays of the year. With carnival games, a balloon artist, face painting, costume parade, live DJ and incredible prizes, the Mandell JCC’s Purim Festival on Saturday, March 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., is one of the most anticipated events for the entire family, of all faiths.

“Purim is a holiday during which we are reminded to be joyful,” says Karen Wyckoff, the Mandell JCC’s Camping and Youth Services director. “Regardless of what is going on in the world, today we are filled with joy.”

While Purim has evolved over time into a holiday that celebrates the protection of Jewish people from any threatened evil, it is an opportunity for the community to commemorate a special kind of resilience and victory.

Saturday’s festival is open to the Greater Hartford community and has a “lot” of something for everyone. “Purim is the festival of lots,” adds Wyckoff. “In addition to a lot of games and a great selection of prizes for all ages, the most important thing we will have is a lot of fun.”

For those who work up an appetite playing games or dancing to the live music, there will be an array of carnival food that will satisfy all appetites. There will also be a collection of auction items, featuring a children’s bike donated by Bloomfield Bike. Other items up for auction include tickets to a Hartford Yard Goats game, and coupons to save on summer camp options.

“This is an incredibly festive evening for everyone, and it’s wonderful to see so many new faces from the community as well as so many faces we haven’t seen in a long time. As community events go, this is a fan favorite,” says Wyckoff.

The cost for Saturday’s event is $5 per child, and adults are free. There will be an additional fee for game tickets and food. For more information on the Purim Festival, contact Karen Wyckoff at 860-231-6317 or [email protected].

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