Office of the Chief Rabbi

Shenley does Bollywood: Purim at SUJC

Event

It was a Purim party with an Indian twist at Shenley United Jewish Community as a Bollywood dance workshop brought people together to discover a new culture and work up an appetite for high-quality Indian-themed refreshments. This interactive activity put everyone at ease, and socialising continued well into the communal meal and beyond.

Objectives

  • Provide a fun, inspiring community-unifying event
  • Create excitement around a festival by introducing a novel theme and interactive activity

Evaluation from Rabbi Garber

‘We wanted to stage something different this Purim, so we chose a fun theme with a great unifying activity and were rewarded with a diverse group of community members, both young and old, as well as some new faces experiencing their first SUJC Purim party. During the meal there was a great buzz, with the community chatting and mixing with each other. This event has hopefully planted a seed to do further community projects like a shul play or musical.’

Participant Feedback:

Events at SUJC are always good fun, and great for reconnecting and feeling part of the community, even if I am not a regular Shul-goer. I really appreciate how hard the Rabbi, Rebbetzen and board members work to create events like this. – Michelle Spevick

I gained a lot from this event, namely an enriched community chevra and a really fun evening. – Phil Diamond

A great party with those most important of things – food and friends. I also enjoyed the dancing.

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