Purim stories

March 24, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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This year marked a double Simcha for The Chabad of Melbourne CBD and its Shliach Rabbi Chaim Herzog at the Melbourne Town Hall it was Purim and their 20th Anniversary.

David Southwick and Mayor Sally Capp

Chabad of Melbourne started 20 years ago on Purim at a luncheon with well-known speakers addressing the audience just as we are doing today state MP for Caulfield David Southwick said by introducing our Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Sally Capp, who the first female Lord Mayor in his memory.

David Southwick said: “Lord Mayor has made promises to the people of the City to make Melbourne a safe, prosperous, and well thought out city that rises to the challenge of rapid growth.’

These ideas were generated and influenced by everyday Melburnians – individuals and organizations she claimed to have spoken to as she campaigned.

He added: “From safety to homelessness to reorganizing the Queen Victoria Market, etc, The people of Melbourne contributed so many ideas that were similar to my own thinking – or got me thinking in new and creative ways.

She thanked the Organization and its Director Rabbi Chaim Herzog for the invitation to join this year’s Purim celebrations and said she was delighted to share in it.

She said that Chabad CBD plays an invaluable role for the Jewish Community offering a range of service to people living and working in the City and bey

A memorable day of costume parades, lively dancing and spirited Megillah readings punctuated Purim day at Yeshivah – Beth Rivkah. Students went to great lengths to dress up in creative and inventive costumes, and teachers got into the Purim spirit too! Students were entertained by Purim plays performed by both students and teachers, swapped mishloach manot that they had packed themselves and gave matanot l’evyonim (gifts for the poor).

Parents weren’t left out of the YBR Purim festivities either, with Megillah readings across the campuses open for parents to attend and a barista coffee and hamantaschen event taking place at the Gurewicz Early Learning Centre (GELC) for all YBR parents.

Sydney’s Our Big Kitchen took Purim to the Orinciof Wales and The Starlight Foundation

Rabbi Dovid Slavin told J-Wire: “With volunteers baking daily we baked tens of thousands of Haman Tashen which where distributed by supporters  in costume to Sydney hospitals and nursing homes as well as homeless shelters. Groups from Moriah Reddam House Bennett Street Child Care BJE Maccabi JEMS C-Teen and many many others participated in OBK’s Bake-and-Take orgenizatiosn come in with teams of volenteers and bake haman tashen and take for distribution


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