Purim festival celebrates timely message

‘Pure joy’ on the Jewish calendar

FAMILY FUN—Above, Thousand Oaks residents Arielle Ofir, 7, and David Spangrude play the Pie in the Face game during the March 12 Purim Carnival at Temple Etz Chaim in Thousand Oaks. Below, Thousand Oaks resident Josh Garelik gets a good dunking. The Purim holiday, some say, is like a Jewish Mardi Gras.
Don’t be fooled by the carnival and the cookies. Purim is a study in contrasts.
Jews across Thousand Oaks on March 12 celebrated the festival commemorating Queen Esther’s defeat ...

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