Congregation Beth Judea, located on IL Route 83 and Hilltop Road in Long Grove, invites the community to join them for their 2013 Purim Celebration on Saturday, February 23. The fun-filled Saturday evening of events, in which everyone is asked to come in costume is as follows: Starting at 6:30 PM there will be a Havdallah & Ma'ariv service and then the Megillah reading. The Jewish holiday of Purim marks the Jewish victory over the Persians, who, led by wicked Haman, sought to destroy the Jewish population in their empire. Purim unveils a story of character and courage. Its masquerade of characters is lively and intriguing: bearded Mordecais, snarling Hamans, bejeweled Esthers and silk-robed Ahasueruses. Groggers will be handed out to resonate throughout the evening. Hamentaschen will be served to sweeten life. As a Mitzvah project, participants are asked to please bring boxes of dry pasta, rice or vitamins to be used as groggers, which will then be donated to a local food shelter.