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Russian Purim Play

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1029 Brighton Beach Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

In March, 2008 the Russian Jewish community in Brighton Beach organized a performance at the Millennium Theater in celebration of Purim. Each year, the Jews enact the story of Purim to commemorate the heroism of Queen Esther in saving the Persian Jews from Hamen over three thousand years ago. This Purim play, though, was different; much of it was in Russian, and it melded the cultures, traditions and music of Judaism and of the holiday itself with both American and Russian song and dance.

Credits: Video by Linda Lewitt and Jedediah Baker. (2:17)