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Jews of Kazakhstan celebrate Purim with carnival and Purimshpil

Purim in Kazakhstan turned out to be truly carnival and festive. The representative office of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress in Central Asia (Mitsva Association) made sure to celebrate the most cheerful Jewish holiday in a fun and interesting way.

Activists of the Youth club and the Young family club of the Rimon Jewish community center shared the secrets of cooking traditional Hamantaschen cookies. The culinary evening concluded with a festive tea party.

Young volunteers of the Almaty Jewish community presented the audience with real Purimshpils staged as part of the Theater on Wheels project. The characters of the festive mini-performances are the immortal heroes of the Purim story.

On the eve of the performance, members of the community fulfilled the Purim mitzvah of mishloach manot gathering and then presenting gift baskets for the elderly of the Almaty Jewish community.

Young children and their teachers at the Jewish community kindergarten watched and discussed an animated film presenting the Purim story. Afterward, everybody enjoyed the traditional Purim dessert – Hamantaschen.

Reading the Book of Esther became the culmination of the Purim celebration in the small Jewish community of Shymkent. All generations of the community came together to listen to the amazing Jewish story and participate in the Purim carnival.