Continuing their Purim tradition, the Shluchim in Sumy Ukraine Rabbi Yechiel S. and Rochi Levitansky transformed the Shul building this year for Purim in the Laboratory. In an uplifting atmosphere 150 men, women and children participated and fulfilled the four Mitzvos of Purim.
As the guests entered the Shul building, they were greeted by the shluchim children who helped them with Matonos L’evyonim in the scientific coin funnels. After receiving their badge, goggles, gloves, etc. everyone stopped to wash for Hamotzi by posing in the professor-stand-up-caricature before going upstairs for the seuda. Along the stairs, were professor mannequins which added to the unbelievable décor. The incredible scenery was made by the Or Avner after-school program.
As everyone got comfortable in their seats, the program began with Mishloach Manos in chemical bags which had caution stickers on them, cautioning everyone to do all the four mitzvos of Purim. The tables were set with all types of experiments connected with Purim including salad dressing in syringes to ‘shtech Haman’ and challah shaped like atoms and molecules, connected by toothpicks. The highlight was a dessert centerpiece of a smoking chocolate cake volcano on every table.
The entertainer, dressed as a professor explained how Purim is connected to the theme of ‘natural occurrences’ and realizing that nature and science is actually a miracle. Then he introduced the head professor Rabbi Yechiel S Levitansky to read the Purim formula – Megilas Esther!
The program included Interactive games, a comedy skit by the Kolel Torah and a science show that wowed even the adults. As usual the highlight was the performance of song and dance by the Ohr Avner kindergarten and of course the famous ‘hop kossak’ dance by shluchim kinderlach, all in all creating an unforgettable evening for the community.