Preparations Are Underway for Purim Celebration

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Depicted rehearsing for the March 9 Purim celebration are Rabbi Stephen Fuchs, left, Vickie Fuchs, Ben Yokel, Edina Lessack, Sally Sacks, and Alan Sacks.

Bat Yam Temple of the Islands will present a musical retelling of the Purim story that’s as entertaining as it is educational at 7 p.m. Monday, March 9 at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, 2050 Periwinkle Way, where Bat Yam also holds services. Members of the congregation are already rehearsing their roles in the performance.

The celebration is free and open to the public. Following the program, all are invited to enjoy Purim-themed refreshments in Fellowship Hall.

The cast includes Bat Yam members Vickie Fuchs, who will portray Esther; Cantor Murray Simon as Haman; Ben Yokel as Bigthan; Edina Lessack as Mordecai; Sally Sacks as Vashti; and Alan Sacks as Teresh. Also on stage, reprising his role as King Ahasueras, will be the Rev. Dr. John H. Danner, senior pastor at SCUCC. Abigail Allison will accompany the musical numbers, which are sung to familiar tunes but with original lyrics written by the cast members.

During the program, Rabbi Dr. Stephen Fuchs will retell the Purim story of the Bible’s Book of Esther. Tanya Hochschild will introduce the story, which commemorates the time when Esther, Queen of Persia, saved the Jewish people from execution by Haman, the king’s advisor. When Esther told her husband, the king, of her Jewish heritage and asked him to spare her people, he complied.

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