Thursday, March 24, 2011
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation visit Ashkelon on Purim
On Purim, 20th March, about 40 members of the Baltimore Hebrew, the largest reform congregation in Baltimore, visited Ashkelon.
Their first stop was a quick view of the Michael Lapidus Baltimore Park and Lyn Stacie Getz Playground. At Netzach Yisrael Conservative community in Afridar Ashkelon they were welcomed by Marcelo Burdman and the leadership of the community, as well as the NOAM youth group. Deputy Mayor Shlomo Cohen welcomed the group on behalf of the City of Ashkelon.
After dressing as pirates, together with the NOAM kids, the group marched in the colorful ADLOYADA (Purim Parade). This is the first time a delegation has ever taken part in Ashkelon's Purim parade. The NOAM and Baltimore group greeted the crowd from the front of the parade, behind the Mayor.
After lunch back at Netzach Yisrael, the group prepared "Mishlochei Manot" and presented them to the kids at Bet Canada new immigrant absorption center at the Purim party there.
A day to remember!