More than 4,000 people have taken part in online Purim events run by United Synagogue, including schoolchildren from all over London.
Pupils from twelve primary schools took part in the Purim Zoom event, which saw a magic show performed by Britain’s Got Talent’s Josh Horus and an education quiz on the Purim story.
Chaya Mitz, from Rimon Jewish Primary in Golders Green, said: “So many students took part from home and those in our classes in school joined in too. The two children from our school chosen to help the magician absolutely loved taking part!”
Alongside the schools event were a dozen live megillah readings, and the delivery of 1,700 food parcels to families to fulfil the mitzvot of mishloach manot (food giving).
The schedule of events also saw £3,550 donated confidentially to families in need who are supported by United Synagogue.
Its chief programmes officer, David Collins, said: “In ‘normal’ times Purim is a festival which demands social interaction.
“This year, with strict social distancing, we had to create a Purim programme through which our members and the wider community could fulfil the four mitzvot of Purim in a Covid-secure and engaging way. We have been blown away by the wonderful feedback we’ve received.”
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