Midtown: Community

Celebrating Purim in costume

The room will be filled with people dressed as heroes from the Bible, others wearing elaborate masks and probably even a cowboy or character from Star Trek. To celebration the Jewish holiday Purim, Yavneh: A Jewish Renewal Community is holding its annual family-friendly costume holiday celebration.

The joyous holiday of Purim is a celebration of Esther saving the Jewish people in Persia from extinction. It is celebrated each year during the month before Passover, and many Jewish people fast in preparation for the holiday, in honor of Esther’s fasting before speaking to the king.

Costumes are encouraged at the celebration to give people a chance to create a new persona for the evening and to learn who you are at the core. Food and drink also plays a large role: hamantashen, a pastry with a variety of fillings such as poppy seeds, prunes, chocolate and fruit preserves, is a traditional dessert for the event.

Yavneh’s Purim celebration will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Finlator Hall, at 1801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. The event will include drumming and music provided by Cantor Karen Kumin. Prizes will be given for best costume. To RSVP, email rsvp@yavneh-raleigh.org by Wed., Feb. 20. Contributions to the dessert table are encouraged.

Special-needs worship service

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is holding its monthly Shine worship service at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at the church, 7000 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. The service is designed for special-needs adults and children and their families. This month’s service will focus on the gospel of Luke. For more information, call 919-848-1573 or visit www.gslchurch.org.

Breakfast book club

Unity Church of Raleigh is having its Fourth Saturday Breakfast Book Club from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 23, at the church, 11101 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. The book club will discuss “Christian Healing” by Charles Fillmore, which offers basic principles of healing. Books are $14.95 with a 10 percent discount for attendees, and a love offering will be collected. For more information, email ucrprograms@earthlink.net or visit www.unitychurchofraleigh.org.

Piano duet concert

Marcia Klinder-Badgley and Clifford Badgley will perform a piano duet concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7000 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. The free concert will feature music by Mozart, P.D.Q. Bach and Gershwin. Rev. David Wegner will also make a special guest appearance as the narrator in Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.” For more information, call 919-848-1573 or visit www.gslchurch.org.

Jobs for Life breakfast

Jobs for Life will hold its Breakfast of Champions from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Trinity Baptist Church, 4815 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. The breakfast will include recent Jobs for Life success stories and information about the mission of the organization. Jobs for Life is a Christian organization helping to empower unemployed and underemployed people through training and employment assistance.

To register for the free event, visit jflbreakfastfeb13.eventbrite.com before Monday, Feb. 25.

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