The Havurah synagogue, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland, will host its annual Purim Costume Party with a comical rendition of story told by Rabbi David Zaslow, Devorah Zaslow, and Howie and Sue Morningstar on Thursday at 7 p.m.




Purim is one of the most joyous holidays on the Jewish calendar. It commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination. The story of Purim is told in the biblical book of Esther, the heroine of the story. Jews are also commanded on this holdiay to eat, drink and be merry.




Homemade Hamentaschen, the traditional holiday pastry, will be for sale.




Another commandment associated with Purim is to send out gifts of food or drink, and to make gifts to charity. There will be homemade gift baskets, made by Havurah Hebrew School students, for sale, and donations to the Meir Panim Israel Food Bank as well as non-perishable items for our local Ashland Food Bank will be collected.




Also, on Friday at noon, Rabbi David will do a reading and study of the Book of Esther. People are invited to bring a brown bag lunch and study.




For more information, call 488-7716.