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25th Annual Purim Celebration

Captain Character and his Ventriloquist puppet and magic show, along with balloon twisting and face painting








Annual Community Purim Celebration

With the approach of the joyous holiday of Purim, the Jacksonville Jewish community is in for a treat once again. Chabad of Northeast, FL, is gearing up for another production of its Annual Purim  Event to take place on Sunday, March 12- 5:00 pm at Chabad Headquarters in Mandarin.

The event, now in its 25th year, has become a hallmark of Jewish joy and unity.  "This celebration brings Jews of all ages and backgrounds together with the single purpose of sharing the joy and warmth of our common Jewish heritage," says Rabbi Levi Vogel, Director of Chabad S. Augustine.

The event’s theme, PURIM IN JACKSONVILLE, has been chosen to help us become acquainted with the rich Jewish History and roots of our local community.

Early Jewish immigrants established a tight knit community in the downtown area of LaVilla between the 1880s and 1920s. Most of them were peddlers who came with nothing more than packs on their backs. In fact, prior to the 1930’s, Jacksonville’s Jewish population was the largest in Florida.

Participants will have the opportunity to see a variety of scenes from the Jacksonville of Old.

In addition to the joyous Purim spirit, for which the annual event has become popular, this year the crowd will be entertained with live music and song, by the popular Choni Teitlebaum, a skilled and talented musician. Here’s what they’re saying about Choni, “unbelievable playing skills, fantastic sound, great interaction with the crowd, very talented and skilled musician.”

For the Kids, there will be a fabulous program, featuring Captain Character and his Ventriloquist puppet and magic show, along with balloon twisting and face painting.

The celebration will open with a social hour offering a huge selection of great kosher wines and other fine spirits.

The menu will include a delectable Southern buffet dinner with all the favorites including: Corn Bread, Chicken Fried Steak Bites, Oven Fried Southern Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Collard Greens, Southern Style Green Beans, Assorted Pies and more, that will have you coming back for seconds.

Prepare to be entertained, filled with food and enjoy a jolly Purim atmosphere.

The festival is sponsored by Chabad of Northeast Florida, Mandarin/Headquarters, the Beaches, Southside, S. Augustine, Clay County & S. Johns.

Tickets may be purchased in advance from one of the above listed Chabad Centers.

The cost of tickets this year has been slashed to only $10 an adult when purchased in advance, by March 7, and $8 per child or student.  After March 7th or at the door: $18 per adult and $10 per child or student.

Event sponsorships are encouraged to help
defray the program costs.

Sponsorship includes tickets:

$180: 2 Tickets

$260: 4 Tickets

$360: 6 Tickets

$500: 8 Tickets

$1,000: 12 Tickets

A Megillah Reading will take place at 4:30
pm, preceding the event.

For more information and to reserve call
Chabad: Mandarin/Headquarters, 262-6641, Southside 646-4434, the Beaches
543-9301, S. Augustine 521-8664, Clay County 290-1017, or S. Johns 701-4422 or