Israelis living in Scotland and their families held their first Purim party in Edinburgh under the banner of SCoJeC's YaCHaS project, and, in keeping with Purim tradition, young and old alike arrived in colourful fancy dress. “Wow! just like home” said one of the participants, gazing at the bright display, and expressing the nostalgia shared by many.
Children queued eagerly to have their face painted, whilst our very own balloon twisting expert made fantastic creatures for all. Everyone joined in the re-telling of the Purim story, after which the children excitedly exchanged mishloach manot (traditional Purim gifts of food), and participated in games and other festive activities, and enjoyed a celebratory buffet.
The occasion also provided an opportunity for the Israelis to meet members of the local community and to find out about the Edinburgh Jewish Dialogue, a joint initiative between the Orthodox and Liberal communities, supported by SCoJeC, to explore the needs and resources of the community.
“It was a great event," said one participant, "My kids had great fun", a sentiment echoed by the child who told us, "My favourite things were giving the mishloachai manot, dressing up, having my face painted, and being with my friends.”