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26th Annual Purim Celebration




26th 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 Thursday, March 1- 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 NYC

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 David Babinet, baritone opera star.

David Babinet baritone opera star and sommelier: From the stage of the LA Opera to the cantor’s pulpit, Mr Babinet's repertoire is vast and eclectic, he moves audiences with his beautiful voice in concert performances, as well as sharing his knowledge and passion for wine.

After completing his education at Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music with his Masters, he began his career as a Portland Opera Young Artist and LA Opera Resident Artist eventually singing Marcelo on the main stage of the LA Opera.

He currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife and two children. He teaches vocal technique and has a company which provides wine-tastings and education about wine all over the country. 

David keeps his audiences captivated with his accounts of the intense training, ruthless competitive atmosphere and performance requirements of professional opera life. In his intimate presentation, David shares the steps that have led to his own spiritual journey where he has found a deepening sense of contentment and a renewed sense of purpose. All are intrigued by the unlikely narrative of his personal story and listening to his beautiful baritone voice.

David’s vast musical repertoire spans from opera to popular classical songs, to Broadway and of course to the well-known Yiddish songs, and Chassidic Nigunim.

Some of the pieces you may hear David perform are: The Toreador Song from Carmen, O Sole MioGranadaIf I were a Rich ManTo Life To Life L’Chaim from Fidler on the Roof, A Yiddishe Mame, Sheyibone Beis Hamikdosh by Kossouvitsky among many other favorites.

Additionally, enjoy a sampling of wine from around the globe, learn what kosher wine is, how to enjoy it and relax to a serenade of exotic melodies.

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 NYC style buffet dinner with all the favorites including: Deli, hot dogs, knishes, half sours,pretzels 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, or by clicking here

The cost of tickets this year has been slashed to only $10 an adult when purchased in advance, by February 22, and $8 per child or student.  After February 22 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
visit www.ChabadJacksonville.org  www.ChabadBeaches.com,
www.SouthsideChabad.com www.Chabadsaugustine.com jewishclaycounty.com