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Children of Congregation Etz Chaim celebrate Purim, one of the most joyous and fun Jewish holidays, with a Star Wars-themed costume party in Biddeford last Sunday. The children also performed a Star Wars-themed Purim spiel (play). “This is one happy holiday and kids love to dress up,” said Barbara Simensky, who taught at York County Community Hebrew School for 10 years. “The Star Wars theme added to their fun and I loved the expressions on their faces.” It is customary for children, or adults if desired, to dress in costume while celebrating Purim. Simensky said the Star Wars theme was suggested by the children. “They were excited about putting this on,” she said. Purim commemorates Esther, a fourth-century Jewish girl who became queen of Persia and saved the Jews from being murdered by Haman, prime minister of Persia. Hamantaschen, traditional triangular cookies, were served at the event, which also included a potluck supper. Above, Magicians Markus and Angelique Steelgrave demonstrate a different way of making wreaths. Left, Jessica Bilsky and Braden Suey put on a fight with light sabers. See more photos on page 13. (Kevin A. Byron photos) Children of Congregation Etz Chaim celebrate Purim, one of the most joyous and fun Jewish holidays, with a Star Wars-themed costume party in Biddeford last Sunday. The children also performed a Star Wars-themed Purim spiel (play). “This is one happy holiday and kids love to dress up,” said Barbara Simensky, who taught at York County Community Hebrew School for 10 years. “The Star Wars theme added to their fun and I loved the expressions on their faces.” It is customary for children, or adults if desired, to dress in costume while celebrating Purim. Simensky said the Star Wars theme was suggested by the children. “They were excited about putting this on,” she said. Purim commemorates Esther, a fourth-century Jewish girl who became queen of Persia and saved the Jews from being murdered by Haman, prime minister of Persia. Hamantaschen, traditional triangular cookies, were served at the event, which also included a potluck supper. Above, Magicians Markus and Angelique Steelgrave demonstrate a different way of making wreaths. Left, Jessica Bilsky and Braden Suey put on a fight with light sabers. See more photos on page 13. (Kevin A. Byron photos)

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