Purim

Men of spiel

February 23, 2012

Sinai Synagogue youth club in Leeds won RSY-Netzer's annual Purim spiel-off with a skit mixing the nature series Frozen Planet with the sleuthing of Sherlock Holmes.

Nine Reform synagogues contested the challenge of talent and wit, held in Golders Green.

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Police break up 'drink and sex' Purim party

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 25, 2011

Three hundred young Purim revellers in Manchester were moved on by police for drinking, dangerous driving and what was described as "explicit behaviour" on the front lawn of a yeshivah.

Jewish teenagers mainly from the Prestwich, Whitefield and south Manchester areas, descended on the Broughton Park area of north Manchester on Saturday night, prompted by a Facebook alert.

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Purim 2011

By Jennifer Lipman, March 25, 2011

All the pictures from this year's festival

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A royal send-up at purim

By Simon Rocker, March 24, 2011

After our revelation last week that Prince William was to break a glass in order to add some multi-faith flavour to his wedding next month, his grandmother seems to have caught the inter-religious bug, too.

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The Sound of Purim with the JNF

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2011

Around 1,000 students and young professionals descended on London club Sound on Saturday night to celebrate the festival of fancy dress and hamantashen in aid of the JNF.

More than 1,500 was raised for the charity on the night, which was organised by the Young JNF committee, Nana Events and Tango Down.

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Purim with the British ambassador to Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2011

Ambassador Matthew Gould marked his first Purim in the job by hosting a party marking less than 500 days until the start of the 2012 London Olympics.

Mr Gould came dressed as Israeli footballer Yossi Benayoun in honour of the theme, while his pregant wife Celia opted for an Olympic gold medal costume.

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Purim celebrations in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2011

Students at Ben Gurion University get into the Purim spirit with a four-day celebration.

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No Purim whisky for Yeshivah boys

By Simon Rocker, March 17, 2011

The Gateshead Rav, Rabbi Shraga Faivel Zimmerman, has banned yeshivah boys from drinking spirits on Purim.

He said that they only should drink wine in moderation on the festival.

In a public notice, Rabbi Zimmerman said the dangers of alcoholic consumption had been highlighted by life-threatening incidents in recent years.

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William and Kate will smash glass at wedding

March 17, 2011

The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton will take place at Westminster Abbey amid the normal pomp of the Anglican ceremony.

But this time there will be crucial differences - including a traditional Jewish wedding practice.

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Why Purim is more than a story of us and them

By Rabbi Natan Levy, March 16, 2011

Chosenness does not play well on television. The small screen is the place to pass the world a Coke, not to call them "goyim". So, when Louis Theroux asked a Jewish vintner if he, a gentile, might stir the kosher wine in the midst of his recent BBC documentary on West Bank settlers, the ensuing dialogue caught Judaism at its most disturbingly tribal.

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