Congregation B’nai Israel is known for its Purim Shpiels. In fact, CBI’s Cantor Shore maintains a website dedicated to sharing our scripts, which are requested by synagogues around the world. CBI has performed Purim Shpiels for over 25 years. The rabbis, cantors, president, choir members, and staff perform a full-scale show that is not to be missed! Cast members rehearse for 6 weeks prior to the shpiel, however they start working on the script and the preparations a year in advance. Each year, at least 700 people attend and everyone leaves with a smile.
The idea of a Purim Shpiel has been a tradition of the Jewish people for centuries. By the 18th century in eastern Romania and some other parts of Eastern Europe, Purim plays (called Purimshpiln) had evolved into broad-ranging satires of the biblical story of Esther with music and dance; precursors to the Yiddish theater.
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