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Temple Adat Elohim Celebrates Purim Palooza

By Kris Sofley on March 15, 2011 Ventura County Star
Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks is celebrating Purim Palooza, a weekend full of festivities in observance of the Jewish holiday of Purim, which will include an adults-only Purim Masquerade Party on Saturday, 6-11 p.m.
The weekend will also include a Purim Shpiel set to the music of Billy Joel, and a children’s Purim Carnival on Sunday.
Michele Jackman, event chair for Purim Palooza, said, “This is a fun fundraiser for the temple, with proceeds from the event supporting the religious school and early childhood center. We’re going to transform the room for the adults’ party and it’s going to be beautiful and lots of fun.”
Purim Palooza kicks off with the grown-ups only Purim Masquerade Party. Adults are invited to dress up in costumes and enjoy an evening of music and dancing, food, beer and wine, and casino games and merriment, all for a $50 per person admission fee.
The night’s festivities will also include a costume contest and both a silent and live auction. Masquerading partygoers will be able to bid on auction items ranging from artwork and professional services to fun-filled family vacations.
Saturday evening child care services will be available at the temple, provided by the religious school and early childhood center teachers at a charge of $5 per child.
As part of Saturday evening’s revelry, Rabbi Ted Riter, Rabbi Rebecca Dubowe and Cantor David Shukiar will present the Purim Shpiel. the trio will repeat the performance on Sunday morning.
According to Jackman, the Purim Shpiel is a series of songs written especially for the occasion which are set to the music of Billy Joel and recount the story of the Purim miracle, when Queen Esther and her Uncle Mordecai were able to thwart the plans of King Ahasuerus’ adviser, Haman, saving all the Jews living in the ancient Persian Empire from annihilation.
The 16th annual children’s Purim Carnival, sponsored by Temple Adat Elohim’s Brotherhood, runs 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. All-day wristbands are on sale for $20 per child. Food will also be available and sold separately. Tickets for the carnival are available in packets of 20 for $8 if purchased in advance (before Friday) or $10 on-site. Individual tickets will also be available for purchase on site.
Jews typically celebrate the Purim holiday by having a public reading of the Book of Esther, one of the books of the Hebrew Bible, giving charitable gifts to the poor, giving gifts of food to friends and sharing a festive meal. Wearing masks and dressing in costume is in tribute to how the Purim miracle was “disguised” by natural events and in remembrance of how God remained hidden throughout the Purim miracle.
Temple Adat Elohim is located at 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks. To purchase tickets for the adult Purim Masquerade Party, the children’s Purim Carnival or for more information on any of the Purim Palooza festivities, visit www.adatelohim.org or call 497-7101.

By JOE WOODS on March 24, 2011 Thousand Oaks Acorn
Nancy GlickmanRight, Nancy Glickman of Camarillo places the winning bid on a reserved parking space at Temple Adat Elohim during the congregation’s Purim masquerade party in Thousand Oaks on March 19.
Dr. Ken ElmanDr. Ken Elman of Westlake Village delivers a blackjack therapy treatment to attendees at the Temple Adat Elohim Purim masquerade party in Thousand Oaks.

John Martens and Lisette SaulinoRight, Newbury Park resident John Martens (King Ahasuerus) and Thousand Oaks resident Lisette Saulino (Queen Esther) get on their royal groove.

Deborah Bass Left, Deborah Bass implicates her husband when pressed by auctioneer Gary Buddish about withdrawing from bidding for the prized parking space in the temple lot.
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