Jewish festival of Purim celebrated at King Solomon School in Barkingside and Woodford Liberal Synagogue in South Woodford

Fancy dress fun as pupils celebrate Purim

Pupils celebrate Purim in fancy dress

Alex Dwyer and Daniel Finlay

Charlotte Joseph, Yvie Curtis, Chantelle Spindle and Sophie Rose in fancy dress during Festival of Purim.

Rayyan Auckbaraullee, Daniel Lewis-Green, Sam Touhy and Joe Tobias in there fancy dress.

Pupils celebrate Purim in fancy dress.

Cheynne Brown and Laurelle Williams

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Zombies brushed shoulders with Jedis and Disney characters as a Jewish school celebrated the festival of Purim

Students at King Solomon High School in Barkingside spent yesterday in fancy dress as part of the festival which celebrates the story of the Jews escape from genocide under the Persian empire, as told in the Biblical Book of Esther.

It is customary to wear costumes on the day as masquerade aided escape from the Persians.

But, as well as dressing up, students organised a Purim party at Aztec House sheltered accommodation in Tomswood Hill for disabled and blind people.

They also delivered kosher food parcels to Aztec House and the Vi and John Rubens House Jewish Care home in Gants Hill.

And the school was visited by representatives of five charities including World Jewish Relief and the SHP homeless support charity.

Children came up with fundraising campaigns for the visiting charities.

Teacher Melanie Shutz said: “This is always a great event, but we took it to a new level this year.

“The dressing up is a lot of fun and there were some terrific costumes, but the message of Purim is about looking after each other and promoting community values and the children all got right behind it.”

King Solomon was not the only venue for Purim celebrations, and the festival was also celebrated at the Woodford Liberal Synagogue in Marlborough Road, South Woodford.

The congregation put on a ‘spiel’ (play) telling the story of Purim with the addition of Downton Abbey-style outfits and a medley of Abba songs.

Congregation member, Merle Muswell, said: “We had a packed house aged from three to 93.

“Pantomime conventions were employed in abundance and the gags flowed in-between all the foot tapping songs.”

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1:03pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

Fantastic photo, this group reminded me of some of the protests outside the Granada when the McGuffins desperately tried to save the Cinema and paraded with children dressed as super heroes and adults as Darleks or were the cardboard cut outs?
Fantastic photo, this group reminded me of some of the protests outside the Granada when the McGuffins desperately tried to save the Cinema and paraded with children dressed as super heroes and adults as Darleks or were the cardboard cut outs? Cornbeefur
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1:48pm Tue 26 Feb 13

barbus44 says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
Fantastic photo, this group reminded me of some of the protests outside the Granada when the McGuffins desperately tried to save the Cinema and paraded with children dressed as super heroes and adults as Darleks or were the cardboard cut outs?
How predictable of you.
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: Fantastic photo, this group reminded me of some of the protests outside the Granada when the McGuffins desperately tried to save the Cinema and paraded with children dressed as super heroes and adults as Darleks or were the cardboard cut outs?[/p][/quote]How predictable of you. barbus44
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