Photo Spread: Purim in Ottawa (2016/5776)

The Ottawa Jewish Bulletin received photos from some of the many Purim celebrations in Ottawa. Photos are presented here in the order in which they were received. (Click on a photo to see its full resolution).

Westboro Jewish Montessori Preschool: (From left) Parents Alex and Kate Wilner join their children Miriam and and Noa Tili to celebrate at the Westboro Jewish Montessori Preschool’s Purim Breakfast.

Westboro Jewish Montessori Preschool:
(From left) Parents Alex and Kate Wilner join their children Miriam and and Noa Tili to celebrate at the Westboro Jewish Montessori Preschool’s Purim Breakfast.

Temple Israel: Temple Israel’s Not-Quite-Ready-for-Purim Players in “Purim Wars,” a Purim spiel spoof on “Star Wars,” written by Arianne M. Matte. (From left) Hyman Cooper, Patsy Royer, Rosie Cooper and Jim Merson.

Temple Israel: Temple Israel’s Not-Quite-Ready-for-Purim Players in “Purim Wars,” a Purim spiel spoof on “Star Wars,” written by Arianne M. Matte. (From left) Hyman Cooper, Patsy Royer, Rosie Cooper and Jim Merson.

Sephardi Association of Ottawa: Rabbi Yair Mordechai Tanger holds the very small Megillah from Morocco which he read at the Sephardi Association of Ottawa’s Purim casino night, held at Shikun Oz, March 24. (Howard Sandler)

Sephardi Association of Ottawa: Rabbi Yair Mordechai Tanger holds the very small Megillah from Morocco which he read at the Sephardi Association of Ottawa’s Purim casino night, held at Shikun Oz, March 24. (Howard Sandler)

Chabad Student Network: (From left) Vivian Grinfeld, Shir Shimoni, and Sarah Belk at the Rohr Chabad Student Network’s hockey-themed Purim event, “NHL Nu Have a L’Chaim,” March 23, at Café Nostalgica on the University of Ottawa campus. (Alex Sarna)

Chabad Student Network: (From left) Vivian Grinfeld, Shir Shimoni, and Sarah Belk at the Rohr Chabad Student Network’s hockey-themed Purim event, “NHL Nu Have a L’Chaim,” March 23, at Café Nostalgica on the University of Ottawa campus. (Alex Sarna)

Torah Academy of Ottawa: The senior kindergarten class of Torah Academy of Ottawa is seen clowning around on Purim.

Torah Academy of Ottawa: The senior kindergarten class of Torah Academy of Ottawa is seen clowning around on Purim.

Jewish Federation of Ottawa staff: The Queen of Hearts, Superman, several hippies, a cowgirl and Carmen Miranda were among the Jewish Federation of Ottawa staff members celebrating Purim, March 24. (Michael Regenstreif)

Jewish Federation of Ottawa staff: The Queen of Hearts, Superman, several hippies, a cowgirl and Carmen Miranda were among the Jewish Federation of Ottawa staff members celebrating Purim, March 24. (Michael Regenstreif)

Ottawa Torah Centre: More than 200 people dressed in cowboy regalia listen as Rabbi Menachem Blum reads the Megillah at the Ottawa Torah Centre’s Wild West Purim, March 24.

Ottawa Torah Centre: More than 200 people dressed in cowboy regalia listen as Rabbi Menachem Blum reads the Megillah at the Ottawa Torah Centre’s Wild West Purim, March 24.

Community Purim Carnival: Kids shave balloons at the Community Purim Carnival, March 20, at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre. The carnival was jointly sponsored by the SJCC, PJ Library and Ottawa’s synagogues.

Community Purim Carnival: Kids shave balloons at the Community Purim Carnival, March 20, at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre. The carnival was jointly sponsored by the SJCC, PJ Library and Ottawa’s synagogues.

Hamantaschen baking: Young families prepared for Purim with a fun Hamantaschen-baking program hosted by Agudath Israel Congregation and Congregation Beth Shalom, March 13.

Hamantaschen baking: Young families prepared for Purim with a fun Hamantaschen-baking program hosted by Agudath Israel Congregation and Congregation Beth Shalom, March 13.

Agudath Israel and Beth Shalom Youth celebrate Purim at the Megillah reading hosted by Agudath Israel Congregation and Congregation Beth Shalom, March 23.

Agudath Israel and Beth Shalom: Youth celebrate Purim at the Megillah reading hosted by Agudath Israel Congregation and Congregation Beth Shalom, March 23.

Or Haneshamah: Machaneh Shabbat program educator Eliyanah Delicate and her family were among the performers at Or Haneshamah’s Purim party, a multi-generational affair highlighted by a raucous and slightly unorthodox retelling of the Megillat Esther. (Paul Wertman)

Or Haneshamah: Machaneh Shabbat program educator Eliyanah Delicate and her family were among the performers at Or Haneshamah’s Purim party, a multi-generational affair highlighted by a raucous and slightly unorthodox retelling of the Megillat Esther. (Paul Wertman)

Chabad Hebrew School: Students and staff of Chabad Hebrew School participate in their Purim Masquerade, March 20.

Chabad Hebrew School: Students and staff of Chabad Hebrew School participate in their Purim Masquerade, March 20.

Ottawa Modern Jewish School: (From left) Kindergarten and Grade 1 students Penelope, Rachel and Cole of the Ottawa Modern Jewish School celebrate Purim.

Ottawa Modern Jewish School: (From left) Kindergarten and Grade 1 students Penelope, Rachel and Cole of the Ottawa Modern Jewish School celebrate Purim.

Chabad of Centrepointe: Purim celebrants enjoy the Just for Plotzing comedy show during the Montreal Style Megillah Event – complete with a hot smoked meat buffet – presented by Chabad of Centrepointe, March 23, at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre.

Chabad of Centrepointe: Purim celebrants enjoy the Just for Plotzing comedy show during the Montreal Style Megillah Event – complete with a hot smoked meat buffet – presented by Chabad of Centrepointe, March 23, at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre.

Machzikei Hadas: (Standing, from left) Claire-Jehanne Wilner, Eric Wilner (seated) Noa Tili Wilner, Alex Wilner, Miri Wilner and Kate Wilner enjoy “Purim Under the Big Top,” March 24, at Congregation Machzikei Hadas.

Machzikei Hadas: (Standing, from left) Claire-Jehanne Wilner, Eric Wilner (seated) Noa Tili Wilner, Alex Wilner, Miri Wilner and Kate Wilner enjoy “Purim Under the Big Top,” March 24, at Congregation Machzikei Hadas.

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