Friday, February 26, 2021

Gulf states Jews celebrate Purim publicly for first time

The Association of Gulf Communities got off to a flying start with a Zoom event for Purim on the evening of 25 February. The association is under the spiritual leadership of Rabbi Dr. Elie Abadie, based in Dubai, and president Ebrahim Dawood Nonoo, based in Bahrain, Arutz Sheva carried this piece:


 For the first time, the Jewish communities of the six Gulf countries - Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - celebrate Purim together. 

 The event will include a keynote speech by Dr. Sh. Khalid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the King Hamad Global Centre for Peaceful Co-existance in Bahrain. 

 Thoufeek Zakriya, the Arabic-Hebrew calligrapher living in Dubai, will take part in the event, creating a piece of Purim artwork live. Purim Megillah (Scroll of Esther) will be read by the Rabbi of AGJC, Rabbi Elie Abadie. 

Jews in six Gulf states for 'Beth Din of Arabia'
Meanwhile Azeri Jews have cancelled their Purim Celebrations (Jerusalem Post)

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