Laguna Chabad Goes Reggae for Purim


The Chabad Jewish Center will introduce Purim Jamaica at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, in the form of an island-themed holiday bash.

This is an event for all ages, featuring Megillah reading, reggae music and drum café with local musicians Jah Amen Mobely and David Gad, island-themed crafts for the kids, face painting, hair beading, and a Jamaican BBQ buffet. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children (aged 3 to 12).

The holiday of Purim celebrates the salvation of the Jewish people living in the fourth century B.C.E. from one of the most colorful villains in Jewish history. It is observed by public readings of the Megillah (Scroll of Esther), sending food to friends, giving gifts of money to the poor, and enjoying a festive meal. It is also customary to eat a cookie called Hamantashen, a triangular pastry filled with poppy seeds or jelly.

Chabad’s Rabbi Eli Goorevitch calls Purim Jamaica a “great combination of ancient Jewish traditions with a modern twist.”

In the spirit of Purim, guests are invited to come in costume. All are welcome to join, regardless of affiliation or background. The Chabad Jewish Center is located at 30804 S. Coast Hwy, across from the Montage Resort. RSVP is requested by visiting or calling 949-499-0770.

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