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Purim celebration at JC3

By Maida Barrón

What an amazing diversity of individuals were assembled at the JC3 (Jewish Cultural and Community Center) on Sunday, March 16. They included bedouins, queen Esther, Mordechi (her uncle), shepherds, a Spanish dancer, and others in fabulous costumes. There were babies, youngsters, teens, young couples as well as many seniors celebrating. These included Americans, Canadians and many Mexicans.

The Purim festivities included the reading of the Megillah—the story of Esther and how she saved the Jewish people. A surprise guest was introduced by co-presidents Carol Stone and Dr. Daniel Lessner. The surprise was an Egyptian Jewish dancer, Lulu Sametin, who treated the crowd to Middle Eastern dancing to Sephardic music.

The Middle Eastern theme was carried out through the feast that followed. Falafel wraps, stuffed grape leaves, all kinds of salads and dips (including hummus and babaganoush), and yummy hamentaschen (filled three-sided pastries to remind the eater of how Esther overcame the evil Hamen who wore a three-sided hat) were served.

This Purim event drew close to 100 celebrants, many of whom arrived in costumes. This is only one of the many cultural events offered at the JC3. Ongoing movies, discussions led by specialists in their fields, visiting and community members speak and/or lead. For more information, visit

The San Miguel Jewish Cultural and Community Center JC3 is located at Calle de Las Moras 47 at the corner of Cinco de Mayo.


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