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Holiday Highlights: Festive Purim Celebrations Brighten up Moscow’s Winter

By , Moscow, Russia

Thousands of people took part in more than a hundred different events that were held in Moscow over Purim this year, including events and Megillah readings held in synagogues, Chabad houses, educational institutions, and various prisons around Moscow.

Major programs were held at the Jewish Center and the Central Synagogue Marina Roscha, headed by Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar. The synagogue hosted hourly Megillah readings and a lavish holiday meal which was open to all. Singer Rabbi Pini Einhorn performed at the shul along with the Yachad choir and orchestra, enrapturing the the crowd with celebratory music and dancing.

The highlight of the year was a huge event for 2,500 children at the grand Moscow Circus, which opened with a Megillah reading and a Torah thought by Rabbi Lazar and continued with a fun Jewish program and Purim circus performances.

Special Purim events were also held at the Jewish Chessed Center at Shaare Zedek, which was attended by hundreds of sick and elderly individuals who participated in Megillah readings, received mishloach manot gift packages, and enjoyed a festive holiday meal.

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