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Chag sameach!

Everyone had a freilichen Purim at the Kings Bay Y’s Purim Carnival on March 12. Kids marched around in costume, stuffed their faces with traditional hamantaschen cookies, and learned about the festive holiday — which commemorates the Jewish people’s liberation from the evil Haman — by reading from the Book of Esther.

Youngsters all chomped away on three of the big, jam-filled, triangle-shaped cookies as fast as they could for a hamantaschen-eating contest — and one kid took home the prize in what was nearly as big a feat as when the Jews escaped from Haman, said one of the carnival’s organizers.

“Believe me, I could not eat three, they are huge and very dense,” said Susan Kaminsky. “But some kid did it.”

Kids showed up as superheroes, astronauts, and clowns for the costume parade, led around the room by a stilt walker. And a disc jockey played some both popular and traditional Hebrew tunes for the hundreds of people that came out to celebrate at the Sheepshead Bay center, said Kaminsky.

But one of the carnival’s best events was the opening of the center’s new rock climbing wall, which everyone enjoyed, said another organizer, Vadim Shiglik.

“It was incredible, we actually debuted our new rock climbing wall in the gym,” said Shiglik. “It was the first time people started using it. Everyone really loves it.”

One tiny-but-mighty 4-year-old astronaut ascended the wall and climbed all way up chai — he loved being even closer to space, said his father Vlad Kaplun.

“He had a great time, I think his favorite was the rock climbing wall,” said Kaplun. “But the carnival was amazing, they did a phenomenal job, between the storytelling and activities and food.”

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

Posted 12:00 am, March 14, 2017
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