Mega megillah! Sheepshead Bay’s Chabad goes all-out for Purim

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Make a lot of noise!: Members of the community and the Chabad of Sheepshead Bay participate in the Megillah reading.
Choo-choo!: Kids dressed as Thomas the Tank Engine and Cinderella for Purim.
Break out the Hamantaschen: Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Kirszenberg brought his child to the festivities.
They mustache you a question: Kids dressed up for Purim!
He’s the leader of the Jews!: Yudi Cohen with his 2-year-old son Shimmy, who dressed up as Mordechai.
Drown out Haman’s name with some music: Everyone had a great time celebrating Purim with music, food, and costumes.
Gut Yontif!: Rabbi Shlomo Cohen and Rabbi Gamliel Beyderman celebrate Purim with the Chabad of Sheepshead Bay.
Donald Trump at Purim?!: Moshe Kuperman and his 2-year-old son Israel.
He’s the Purim police!: Gil Amar and his 8-year-old son Ariel came dressed for the occasion at Chabad of Sheepshead Bay’s Purim festival.

Chag sameach!

Everyone had a freilichen Purim at the Land-O-Fun in Sheepshead Bay on March 23. More than 200 people from the community came out to celebrate the holiday, which commemorates the Jewish people’s deliverance from the evil Haman, by reading the Book of Esther. With mounds of Hamantaschen, good food, friends, and costumes, the event — hosted by the Chabad of Sheepshead Bay — was a great success, said the Chabad’s Rabbi Shlomo Cohen.

“We had a very nice turnout, and the kids had a great time, and we celebrated the holiday,” he said. “To commemorate the holiday is the uniting of the people together, to increase friendship among the people — and love — and also give charity and have a festive meal.”

Dressed as Mordechai — the leader of the Jews and the biblical Queen Esther’s cousin — 2-year-old Shimmy Cohen had a blast, his dad said.

“Did he have fun? He didn’t want to leave,” said Yudi Cohen.

But dressing up wasn’t just for kids. Moshe Kuperman, whose 2-year-old son came in a monkey costume, made an appearance as Donald Trump after he saw the costume in the store, he said.

“We really went shopping for the boy, but we thought it was really something cute to wear,” said Kuperman, who said The Donald is his man come November.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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