Islington Purim celebrations kick off with football-themed fun

Purim event in Islington

Purim event in Islington - Credit: Archant

Members of Islington’s Jewish community celebrated the festival of Purim in style last week at a special football-themed fancy dress event.

Purim event in Islington

Purim event in Islington - Credit: Archant

About 40 people attended the celebrations at The Dead Dolls House in Upper Street to mark the Jewish holiday, which commemorates the salvation of the Jews in ancient Persia.

Purim event in Islington

Purim event in Islington - Credit: Archant

During the event, there was a traditional Megilla reading – a first-hand account of the events of Purim. And a fundraiser raffle was held for an authentic autographed picture of the 2014/15 Arsenal FA Cup winners.

Purim event in Islington

Purim event in Islington - Credit: Archant

A total of £1,010 was raised, with Ben Wasserstein going home with the prize.

Purim event in Islington

Purim event in Islington - Credit: Archant

Guests also enjoyed a kosher cocktail menu and traditional “hamantaschen” – Jewish filled pocket pastries.

Purim event in Islington

Purim event in Islington - Credit: Archant


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The event was organised by Rabbi Mendy Korer of Chabad Islington, who said: “It was a fun evening.

“It was very special for the community to be able to celebrate at a trendy Islington location.”

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