We, Mordechai and Esther, have hacked into BLOG SHALOM to send you an important message.

Purim, the holiday that celebrates our incredible accomplishments against Haman and his evil plans, begins at sundown on March 7th and continues through sundown on March 8th. Because of us (Mordechai and Esther), you get to celebrate, dress up, laugh and have a great time. You are welcome!

But we, Mordechai and Esther, are alarmed by a growing trend we are seeing among modern day Jews. Would you celebrate Thanksgiving a week early? Would you move Chanukah up a few days? Would you have your Memorial Day picnic on the Wednesday before Memorial Day weekend? Of course you wouldn’t!!! You are not insane (at least most of you aren’t)!!!

So we, Mordechai and Esther, are pleading with you: PLEASE keep the PUR in PURIM. Celebrate this joyful holiday on Purim, on March 8/9.

To insure that you adhere to our plea, we, Mordechai and Esther, have “tinkered” with things a bit and insured that there will be NO Purim Carnival at Ramat Shalom on March 4th (and really people, why should there be!? Would you eat matzah before Passover!?). Instead, all of your Purim festivities at Ramat Shalom will be taking place as the sun goes down on March 7th. We assure you that not one of the organizers of the Purim Carnival that was planned for March 4th has been harmed in any way. One of them did receive a series of hang up phone calls in the middle of the night, but that was not us. It was Barbara in the office. She tends to do these type of things.

You and your children are invited to join the Children’s Purim Celebration from 6:15pm-6:45pm on Wednesday March 7th in the sanctuary. All children are welcome to attend. Remember, 3rd-7th grade children will already be there in Torah School. Parents, younger children (and their parents), please join in. Costumes please!!!

From 7:00pm-8:00pm on March 7th, adults and teens are strongly urged to attend Ramat Shalom’s main Purim Extravaganza, featuring a Megillah reading, a PG-13-ish Purim Shpiel (Purim play featuring your ridiculous Rabbi, Cantor and Executive/Torah School/ECC Directors ), hamantaschen and “adult” beverages. We, Mordechai and Esther, are covering the cost for babysitting for your little ones (K-5). You are welcome. Again, costumes please (adults too)!!!

Everything is FREE!!!

Oh, and just a little FYI, you will NOT believe what your Rabbi and Cantor are wearing for Purim.

Thank you for your time in reading our plea. Please be sure to join your community on March 7th.

If you have any questions, please call Barbara in the office at 954-472-3600. And ask her about the late night phone calls!

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