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Celebrating Purim under the sea in Hewlett Bay Park

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There was a moving shark, surfboarding, virtual reality scuba diving, sushi and a sea shore beach side bar, all part of the Chabad of Hewlett’s Purim Under the Sea party at Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls in Hewlett Bay Park on March 10. 

Purim is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman, an Achaemenid Persian Empire official, who was planning to kill all the Jews, as recounted in the Book of Esther, better known as the Megillah, typically dated to the 5th century BC.

Children and adults dress up in costumes, whether of the heroes who thwarted Haman, Esther and Mordechai, or the villain or any other of their choosing. A fun holiday, there is hamantashen, a triangle-shaped cookie that represents the tri-cornered hats of that era to eat, and the party included a bubble show, caricature artist and face painting.

The Chabad stressed that the Purim party took place with schools still open and with the strictest social guidelines at the time. 

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