Sunday, February 28, 2010

Purim Evening in Columbus

I forgot how American synagogues, especially the older ones, tend to echo their European counterparts: vaulted ceiling, women's sections on either side, ornate light fixture, wooden pews, raised platform for the Rabbi and President, etc. Take a look at my pictures from the Dohany synagogue in Budapest. The last few synagogues I've been in had an upside down boat for a ceiling (the Dohany one didn't, but only because its ceiling was already so high), pillars and women sections on the side.

Note the six sided light fixtures with the flame motif. The front has a stained glass wall in a flame motif (which couldn't be pictured at nighttime), symbolizing either the burning bush, or the Jewish soul, or the trials of the Jewish people out of which will arise salvation.

Most shuls have some remembrance of the Holocaust. The wall around the corner displays pictures taken by the previous Rabbi of a specific death camp in Europe.

The Rabbi, dressed as the Straw Man for Purim.

The Rebbetzin, dressed as the Tin Man

A minimalist costume.

Obligatory princess 1.

Cookie hoarding 1.

Cookie hoarding 2.

Cookie hoarding 3.

Obligatory princess 2.

Thankfully not a princess.

She lost her wings (her mom had them).

The cleaner shares a l'chaim.
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