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Purim was celebrated with much joy and with hundreds of people observing the holiday thanks to Chabad Piazza Bologna coordinated by Rabbi Lazar.
In a nutshell: Over 200 people heard the reading of the Megillah, over 200 people received Mishloach Manot and over 100 people participated at Purim meals; here are the highlights of the day.
Wednesday night, March 4th
6:15 pm: Meir Shaikevitz read the Megillah at the Terminal 5 of the Fiumicino airport, for the workers of El Al, passengers en-route to Israel and local Jews who work at the airport.
6:45 pm: Rabbi Lazar read the Megillah at the synagogue Bet Eliahu Fadlun, in the Parioli area. In attendance – the president of the Jewish Community of Rome, Mr. Riccardo Pacifici and the Israeli Ambassador, Mr. Naor Gilon.
10:00 pm: Rabbi Lazar read the Megillah at the Sheva Brachot of the Hassan-Piperno families in the center of Rome.
Thursday, March 5th
6:45 am: Rabbi Lazar read the Megillah at the Beth Shmuel synagogue for a few people who had their flight to Israel at 10 am.
9:30 am: Rabbi Lazar read the Torah for Jewish high school of Rome and participated at the Purim party.
1:00 pm: Isroel Piha read the Megillah in the Baghetto restaurant for the Raccah family and other guests.
1:30 pm: Like every year, Rabbi Shalom Hazan, director of Chabad of Monteverde, read the Megillah in the Jewish Ghetto, this year at Fonzie, a Kosher fast-food, thanks to the invitation of the owner David Gay.
2:30 pm: Rabbi Lazar together with Elvis Raccah organized a Purim meal and read the Megillah at the Daruma Sushi Kosher for a group of teenagers. The group was created by Rabbi Leotardi, now living in Israel, who was the force behind the group.
3:30 pm: Rabbi Lazar distributed Mishloach Manot, ideated and created by Mrs. Rivkie Lazar, in the area of Piazza Bologna.
4:00 pm: Rabbi Levi Piha, director of Chabad Turin, travelled to Sauze d’Oulx, to read the Megillah for a couple of Jews who were on vacation.
4:30 pm: Rabbi Lazar distributed Mishloach Manot at the Israeli Embassy.
5:15 pm: Rabbi Lazar read the Megillah for the last time at the Beth Shmuel synagogue followed by a chinese style Purim meal organized by Mrs. Rivkie Lazar, dedicated in memory of Breindel bat Itzchok Dov, Sara Lea bat Moshe and Moshe Yackov ben Yosef z”l.