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Deja Vu - All over again

Thursday, 21 February, 2013 - 4:53 pm

Yogi Berra’s famous redundancy “déjà vu – all over again” is actually applicable sometimes. In February of 1976 the fledgling Chabad of Louisiana purchased a property on Freret St. The first function held in the newly acquired facility was a Purim event. 12 years later, in 1988, the first function held in the facility at the tail end of an extensive renovation was a Purim event. Fast forward to 2013, Chabad is now at the tail end of a complete overhaul of the very same facility on Freret St. Just as in 1988, there is still some work left to be done. But it appears that this Chabad House and Purim have some kind of serious relationship going. Once again the inaugural (or preview) event will be a Purim party.

This time it will be a double whammy. A party on Purim eve (Saturday, Feb 23 @ 7:30 PM) for the general community, and a party on Purim day (Sunday, Feb 24 @ 11 AM) for Young Jewish Professionals. After getting our fill of Purim partying in New Orleans, we will make our way out to Metairie for Chabad of Louisiana’s grand Purim feast – A Rockin’ Moroccan Purim (5:30 PM). Please join us at some or all of Chabad’s Purim events.

The Rockin’ Moroccan Purim event features Sephardic singer Yossi Nahmias on the Bouzouki, Moroccan décor and cuisine, a masquerade for adults and a full children’s program. For more information or to register: www.jewishlouisiana.com/2121817.

The Purim Brunch and Pub Quiz for Young Jewish Professionals features a Megillah reading, delicious food and Purim drinks, Matt Berman on the guitar, and a Pub Quiz with a Purim twist. For more info: www.facebook.com/events/348006685313774.

The Megillah Reading and Purim Bash on Saturday night (similar event being held at Chabad Metairie) features a Megillah reading accompanied by an animated Megillah cartoon, delicious food and Purim drinks, camaraderie and Purim celebration.

On Sunday there will be Megillah readings at 8:30 AM (both locations), 10 AM (Metairie), 11 AM (Lambeth House), 11:30 AM (Young Professionals event), 12:30 PM (Chabad Student Center), 4:30 PM (Chabad Student Center) 5 PM (Metairie).

Mazel Tov to Saadya and Chaya Sarah Kaufmann and David and Nechama Kaufmann upon the upshernish of their son (grandson) Yaakov.

Wishing you Shabbat Shalom and a very joyous Purim!
Rabbi Mendel Rivkin

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