The ‘shtetl’ that came to life in Rostov on Purim was like no other!
A professional artist with the help of high school students from Rostov’s Or Avner School, decorated the shul with 3D images, booths, and props manned by volunteers playing roles where children and adults could experience a taste of life in the shtetl.
Visitors had a chance at bargaining in the marketplace, visiting the schochet, shoemaker, tailor and Innkeeper, and seeing how people lived in days gone by. For residents of Russia, the ‘shtetl’ life was a part of their national history and they enjoyed learning about their background and listening to a variety of Jewish Russian songs about the shtetl, performed by a concert violinist.
Children from the local Jewish day school entertained the crowd with a lively, colorful performance and everyone in attendance fulfilled all the mitzvohs of Purim.
The children enjoyed a fun carnival after the Megillah reading, and 100 youth and young professionals joined in a separate celebration for the ‘Rostov Youth Club’ in the evening.
The community of Rostov is advanced and progressive, but still retains the warmth and closeness of classic Jewish ‘shtetl’ life, with the holiday of Purim showcasing the excitement and joy shared by all.