Beth El to hold Purim at Ohio City's Mitchell's
Beth El – The Heights Synagogue will hold its Purim evening service and Megillah (Book of Esther) reading at Mitchell’s ice cream factory, 1867 West 25th Street in Ohio City, on Wednesday, Feb. 28. The service will begin at 7 p.m.
Why at Mitchell’s? For several reasons: (1) Historically, Jews seem to travel for many holidays, so why not? (2) More fun! It’s amazing to see “behind the scenes” at an ice cream factory, and Mitchell’s has glass walls so visitors can view the whole process. (3) Ice cream! Part of the deal here is that everyone gets a free scoop of Mitchell’s ice cream, in addition to Beth El’s own hamentaschen (traditional triangular pastries with tasty fillings). (4) Outreach. This is a long-shot, of course, but there are unaffiliated Jews living on Cleveland’s West Side, and Beth El wants to meet them.
Allow at least 35 minutes to get there—about 25 minutes to drive from the shul, plus a few minutes to park your car and walk to Mitchell’s. Free parking is available at the West Side Market parking lot and on neighborhood streets.
As usual, the “whole Megillah” will be read. Costumes are welcome, but not required. This event is free and open to the public. For more information about this special Purim service, call Beth El at 216-320-9667.
Jim Buchwald Gelles
Joe Buchwald Gelles is a founding member of Beth El and the organizer of this event. He is also the owner of the Cleveland Heights-based business, Haggadahs-R-Us, http://www.haggadahsrus.com/.